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Suspected gunman in Jonesboro shooting arrested

Victim was nephew of state representative

Quinn Heckstall

Quinn Heckstall

JONESBORO — Clayton County police have arrested Divonte Lester, who turned himself in Monday night in connection with the weekend fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man at a Jonesboro duplex.

Lester was arrested on warrants charging him with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and tampering with evidence charges. He was booked into the Clayton County Jail.

Quinn Kevon Heckstall, 19, was shot and killed Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., in the 7200 block of Wagon Wheel Court, according to Clayton County Police spokesman G.A. Syblis. He was the nephew of state Rep. Joe Heckstall (D-East Point).

“According to a witness, the victim went into the duplex and was shot,” Syblis said. “The victim was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center, where he died as a result of his injury.”

“I am really concerned about our society as a whole,” Rep. Heckstall said. “We have deteriorated into a society which has forgotten about love and respect. We have to cling or reinvigorate our society based on love, harmony and the value of human life. This story will diminish in a few days, but the foundation that created it will continue unless all of us agree that love has to replace hate, friendship has to replace contentiousness and the ego must be enfolded with spirit. The Heckstalls will move beyond this experience and pray that others who have had similar unfortunate experiences will ultimately do the same.”

Ivory Heckstall-Cloud said her nephew was visiting friends at the Jonesboro duplex when he was killed.

“He had a personality that was larger than life, he loved his mom, dad and four siblings,” Heckstall-Cloud said. “He enjoyed spending time with his family and extended family.

She said her nephew enjoyed writing music, and he would work out several times a week.

Quinn Heckstall was a graduate of Youth Challenge Military Academy at the age of 17. He attended Atlanta Technical College.

She said Heckstall had taken some time off from college to work full-time.

“He was very athletic, with his exceptional talent and physical activities, he had contemplated a career in boxing, or a career in the military,” Heckstall-Cloud added. “He had an entrepreneurial spirit. Any career he chose would have culminated in a business.”

He volunteered with different local shelters in feeding the hungry, as well as volunteering with Hosea Feed the Hungry. He also volunteered with Dreams of Lois Inc., a non-profit organization, by participating in breast cancer walks.

“He wanted to do so much with his life, the possibilities were endless,” she continued.

Clayton County Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact them at 770-477-3550.