Georgia high school basketball game closed to fans over fear of violence

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Friday night’s high school basketball game in Monroe County was played without fans in the stands, not because of COVID-19 protocols, but because of recent violence in the community.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said the match between Mary Persons and Jackson High School was played without fans for fear of retaliation following a fatal shooting last weekend in an area of ​​Walmart.

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Investigators said Cedric Mayes, 17, was shot and killed following an argument between Mayes and another teenager that started in the produce section and continued in several sections of the store.

Tarmaine Jontavion Bowden (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

At one point during the argument, 17-year-old Tarmaine Jontavion Bowden pulled out a pistol and shot Mayes several times, police said. Mayes was dead at the scene. Bowden was taken into custody

The remaining weekend games will be played, but fans will have to go through metal detectors before entering the gym.

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