The unprovoked murder of an Atlanta teen just a few minutes after midnight on New Year’s Eve has inspired the creation of a charity street basketball tour whose next stop is Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro on January 30.
Fourteen-year old Reuben Hand was on his way home with friends after watching the Peach Drop when he was attacked by a stranger at the Five Points Marta station. They argued over a cell phone. Police identified the man as Tommy Christopher Collins, and accused him of stabbing Reuben in the neck.
Reuben is the latest teenager killed in an unprovoked attack in the Atlanta area and community groups are searching for ways to stop the violence. Neighborhood group R.E.A.D. 25 Literacy Foundation, has developed the Stop the Violence Charity Streetball Tour which aims to encourage social responsibility and nonviolence while it raises funds for a scholarship to help kids choose education over violence.