Tim Eberly of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution really needs to learn some journalism basics:

A 24-year-old man shot and killed a teenage intruder Friday after the youth and some other juveniles tried to break into the his northwest Atlanta home, police said.

The shooting occurred around 1:15 p.m. at 1426 Hawkins St., off Chappell Road, police said.

The victim was 16 years old, said Lt. Keith Meadows, commander of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit. His name was not made public Friday afternoon.

Let’s do a little basic editing.   The victim of the crime was the home owner.   The decedent, was not the victim.  He was the perp, now a dead perp.  The age of the decedent, perp, is simply not relevant.  The home owner, defender, had neither the time nor the obligation to check the perp’s age before defending his property.


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