Teen Arrested in Connection with Shooting Death of 11-Year-Old Boy, Two Suspects Wanted

Hiram, Georgia – Authorities have arrested a teenager in connection with the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy from Georgia. Osman Sesay Jr., 18, from Hiram, was taken into custody following a traffic stop and is currently being held in North Carolina awaiting extradition back to Georgia, as announced by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

It is reported that two other suspects, Al-Hamid Ibrahim Kuyateh and Nazier Lloyd Anderson, both 19, are currently wanted in connection with the case. The sheriff’s office has issued murder warrants for their arrests, cautioning that they should be considered armed and dangerous. The U.S. Marshals Service is also involved in assisting with the apprehension of these suspects.

Tragically, the 11-year-old victim, Zander Whatley, passed away in the hospital after authorities responded to a shooting incident late in the evening on April 29. Zander, a 5th-grade student at Hal Hutchens Elementary School, was actively involved in sports such as soccer, baseball, and football, as mentioned in his obituary. He is survived by his parents, 11 siblings, and other loved ones.

The investigation into this devastating incident is still ongoing, with authorities not yet revealing a motive or further details surrounding the shooting. It is imperative for anyone who may come across the wanted suspects to avoid approaching them and promptly notify local law enforcement or call 911. Individuals with information are urged to contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at 770-443-3047 or through the Paulding Sheriff’s Office mobile app, which is available for download free of charge.