Police seek new leads in 2015 murder of North Clayton High athlete

Deltino Crain

JONESBORO — Two years after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Deltino Crain, the Clayton County Police Department is working to track down new leads and solve his murder.

Crain was shot several times in a drive-by shooting at the Willow Way Apartments on Riverdale Road the night of Aug. 3, 2015. He and two others, an 18-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, were transported to area hospitals for treatment. Crain was later pronounced dead at Southern Regional Medical Center.

The two other victims survived, according to authorities.

“Clayton County Police Department detectives have investigated numerous leads pertaining to this case and are now seeking the assistance of the public with identifying any new leads that will allow them to bring those responsible to justice,” police spokesman Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said in a press release.

Crain had graduated from North Clayton High School earlier that summer. He ran for North Clayton’s cross country and track teams and led the cross country team to state as its top runner in his senior season.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that Crain, the 18-year-old victim and 16-year-old victim were all seated on the stairs of building ‘E’ when a vehicle with an unknown number of occupants drove through the parking lot of the complex and opened fire on them,” Marbury said.

Anyone who may have information about Crain’s murder is asked to contact Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS(8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous.


Crime and courts reporter Chelsea Prince joined the Henry Herald and Clayton News Daily in 2016. She is a graduate of Emory University.

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