Elementary school teacher in DeKalb County, Georgia arrested in gang-related revenge killings of 11-year-old sixth-grader and her 15-year-old brother, at around 5am on Oct 22, 2016
Michael White, 26, a fifth-grade teacher from Jonesboro, charged with murder in the double homicide of Tatiyana and Daveon Coates
Suspected gang members shot and killed the siblings after breaking into their Jonesboro, GA., home in search of another 15-year-old boy
Their target allegedly, was part of a family of six the Coates had offered shelter in their home, after that family moved from Chattanooga, Tenn., two months earlier
The target had left the home before the gang bangers arrived, and the children’s parents were out, but four other children, between ages six and 13, were present at the home, at the time
It’s not clear whether White was the trigger man, but sketches ID’d him as present at the scene of the crime
White who was employed, teaching fifth-grade at Toney Elementary School in Aug 2017, was arrested Friday
He’d scaled two separate background checks
From teacher [left] to suspect right], Michael De’Sean White, an elementary school teacher from Georgia, has been charged with murder in the 2016 killings of Tatiyana and Daveon Coates
A Georgia elementary school teacher has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two young siblings. The DeKalb County educator teacher faces murder charges in 2016 gang retaliation killings at a Jonesboro home in October 2016.
Based in part on a police sketch, police believe 26-year-old Michael De’Sean White was at the scene of the killings of 11-year-old Tatiyana Coates and her 15-year-old brother, Daveon Coates.
Suspected gang members shot the children after breaking into their home in search of another 15-year-old boy, who had fled prior to the deadly home invasion.
Mistaken identity: Siblings Daveon Coates [left] and his 11-year-old sister and Tatiyana Coates[right], were shot and killed in 2016 by suspected gang members who broke into their Jonesboro home, in search of another 15-year-old boy, who had fled prior to the home invasion
Michael White now, an elementary school teacher in Georgia, has been charged with murder in the 2016 killings of the Coates siblings.
The siblings were killed by suspected gang members during a home invasion that took place at this residence on Libby Lane in Jonesboro.
Clayton County Police Major Tina Daniel says at least one other person also has been arrested, and the agency is still waiting on ballistics tests on a gun recovered from a shootout in Tennessee the next day, reported WSB-TV.
The Coates siblings were killed by suspected gang members during a home invasion that took place at this residence on Libby Lane in Jonesboro, Ga., in Oct, 2016
Maj. Daniel said at least one other person has been arrested, and the agency is still waiting on ballistics tests on a gun recovered from a shootout in Tennessee the day after the killings.
Police have not said whether White, a fifth-grade teacher at Toney Elementary School, was trigger man. Michael De’Sean White was arrested on Friday and has been removed from the school pending the outcome of the criminal case.
Daveon and Tatiyana Coates were home with four other children, aged between six and 13, at around 5am on October 22, 2016, when several people broke into the residence on Libby Lane in Jonesboro.
One of the children inside the home called 911 to report the home invasion and when officers arrived they found the brother and sister shot to death.
Cops said based in part on this police sketch [left], detectives believe Michael White [ mugshot, right], was at the scene of the killings. The gang members attacked the home in Jonesboro, police said looking for a 15-year-old who had been staying there with his mother and four siblings, and who was allegedly in possession of their weapons.
Daveon and Tatiyana’s mother had reportedly offered the other family a place to stay when they moved from Chattanooga, Tennessee, a couple of months before the tragedy, reported Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Daveon Lamontay Coates, 15, and Tatiyana Monasia Coates, 11 were home with four other children of a guest family, the alleged real targets, at the time
White became a fifth-grade teacher at Toney Elementary School, Jonesboro in August 2017 after submitting to two separate background checks
The children’s parents were believed to have been out for the night when the gang came hunting for their missing weapons.
Clayton County Police Chief Michael Register said the teen had run away back to Chattanooga because he knew that the members of the gang were coming for him, leaving his four younger brothers and sisters, along with the Coates children, to fend for themselves. Daveon Coates [right], was a tenth-grader at Mundy’s Mill High School in Jonesboro.
His sister Tatiyana [left] was a sixth-grader at Pointe South Middle School.
The suspected murder weapon was recovered in Chattanooga, Tenn. the next day following a shootout involving the same gang members suspected in the Coates double homicide.
White was hired as a teacher’s aide at DeKalb Schools in March 2017 after passing a background check, according to Atlanta Journal Constitution. He became a fifth-grade teacher at Toney Elementary School in August of that year after submitting to a second background check, which officials say raised no red flags.
Daveon Coates was a tenth-grader at Mundy’s Mill High School in Jonesboro. His sister was a sixth-grader at Pointe South Middle School. They are survived by their parents and seven siblings.