Posted Feb 5, 2018 at 10:55 PM
The 12-year-old shot at Bonaventure Funeral Home on Saturday has died, Chatham County Coroner Bill Wessinger said.
Wessinger said John Cooksey died Monday night in the critical care area of the Memorial University Medical Center’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Cooksey is the second homicide in Savannah in 2018.
On Sunday, Savannah police detectives arrested a 15-year-old male for the funeral home shooting. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, police spokeswoman Bianca Johnson said.
SWAT, the Hostage Negotiation Team and Savannah police detectives executed arrest warrants on a suspect early Sunday morning.
Cooksey was shot Saturday afternoon. Officers responded to the funeral home about 3:15 p.m. and discovered the boy suffering from life-threatening injuries, police spokeswoman Bianca Johnson said.
People in the area said shots rang out just after the funeral service for Ricky Jerome Boyd, the 20-year-old murder suspect killed by police on Jan. 23 after he reportedly pointed a BB gun at officers.
Boyd was killed when U.S. Marshals marshals and Savannah-Chatham police officers responded to the 100 block of Marian Circle to serve a warrant related to the homicide of 24-year-old Balil Whitfield, in the 2100 block of Hudson Street - the first homicide of 2018. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is still investigating the officer-involved shooting.
The Rev. Arleen Fuller said she had just finished leading a prayer for peace at Boyd’s funeral service when she heard a string of gunshots.
“I was doing the eulogy and was talking about the young people about the crime and the violence,” Fuller said. “And I was asking them to stop and to not do retaliation.... Next thing you know we heard ‘pop, pop, pop.’ ”
At this time, detectives do not believe the Saturday shooting was retaliation to the Jan. 21 shooting that killed Whitfield.