On 9 Year Anniversary, SPD Asks for People to Come Forward Re: Unsolved Murder

The investigation into the 2012 murder of Akeila Rochelle Martin is still ongoing nine years after her death.

Akeila was shot and killed while in the parking lot of the Platinum Lounge on 8/19/2012 at approximately 2:50am. Officers of the Statesboro Police Department were on vehicle and foot patrol in the area when they heard multiple gun shots and rushed to the scene. There was a large crowd of 200 to 300 people in the parking lot when the incident occurred.

When the officers arrived they located two victims of the shooting; Sadondra Brianna Scarboro and Akeila Rochelle Martin. Scarboro was transported to the hospital and treated for her injuries.

The scene was secured by the responding officers and Detective Keith Holloway. Police interviewed a large number of people that were on scene at the time of the shooting. A report was taken and the case was turned over to Detective Holloway for investigation.

The investigation has continued since the murder of Akeila Martin. A reward is being offered for information leading the arrest and conviction of the offender.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Detective Keith Holloway at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. You may also anonymously submit information to tips@statesboroga.gov.

Akeila’s mother provided us with the following statement,

“To all the people on the outside, I am a mom with a caring heart that lost a big part

of my life. I lost my youngest daughter to someone with no heart at all. I want you to put yourself in my shoes of loving someone who had a kind heart and would have done anything for anyone. She was a Sweet young lady and someone took her from her five kids. Her kids ask me every day what happened to their Momma. Till this day, I still don’t know how to tell them what happened to her. To all the mothers and other people that saw what happened that morning, please have a heart and tell what you saw. Put yourself in my shoes, to lose an important person that you bring into the world. I cry day and night knowing that I will never see my daughter again. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t miss her. Her sister, brothers, and her kids miss her very much. We all miss her. Please have a heart and tell the truth about what happened to my daughter, Akeila Roschell Martin. She didn’t deserve to die. “

Barbara Hightower

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