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Homicide suspect turns himself in
Teen faces murder charge in Park Place shooting
Eric Dyquen Nicolas

A teen charged with murder in relation to a Friday night shooting in Statesboro turned himself in to police Tuesday night, said Statesboro police Community Information Specialist Madison Warren.

Eric Dyquen Nicolas, 16, is charged with felony murder after allegedly shooting a 19-year-old East Jones Avenue man, Tamashe' Diquan Jones, in the chest during a party, Warren said.

Nicolas, of a Pine Street address, turned himself in to police at the Statesboro Police Department on West Grady Street Tuesday evening after Chief Mike Broadhead urged him via statements to the media to give himself up. He is being held at the Bulloch County Jail.

Nicolas, who will be charged as an adult, faces one count of murder during commission of a felony. Eight other people were arrested on unrelated charges after police responded to the Park Place apartment location off Lanier Drive Friday night.

Officers and detectives focused on at least three different apartments after responding to reports around 10:48 p.m. Friday that shots were fired. Around the same time, officers also responded to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where someone had brought in a gunshot victim, Warren said. Two neighbors had rushed Jones to the emergency room after finding him on the ground at Park Place, but he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Further investigation linked the two calls, and officers determined the shooting was related to a party that was underway at one of the apartments.

Investigation revealed evidence of gambling, as well as drugs, resulting in the arrest of eight people who were at the apartment complex party, Warren said.

The following were all charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and gambling: Dyjajuan Duke Baldwin, 17, of Len Tenner Court; Rodriguez Leondrei Parks, 21, of Maple Street; William Jakeel Smith, 22, of Billy Mikell Road; Jahkye Nasir Anderson, 17, of Lindsay Court; Cedric Jackson, 19, of Success Court; Tyequan Jaydarian Lanier, 21, of Park Place Apartments; Triston Leon Smith, 19, of Park Place Apartments; and Justin Uriah Barrett, 18, of Park Place Apartments.

Barrett was also charged with theft by receiving stolen property. Police did not disclose the reportedly stolen item Barrett possessed.

Nicolas did not leave behind the weapon he used during the shooting, and police believed he took it with him when he fled the scene, Warren said. On Wednesday, police would not disclose whether the gun was located.

Detectives questioned about the reasons for the dispute that led to the fatal shooting would not elaborate, nor would they reveal the type of gambling allegedly taking place at the apartment complex.

The case remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. 

Anonymous tips may also be made online at www.tipsoft.com or by texting "TIPSSPD" followed by the message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.