Whenever Kesha Perkins, a Boston University junior, needed emotional support, she reflexively turned to Erin Edwards, her close friend and compatriot from Atlantan. Wednesday night, Perkins received word that 20-year-old Erin had died. The investigators believe that Dr. Marsha Edwards, former surgeon and mayor's wife, Christopher Edwards, shot her daughter Erin and her son, 24-year-old Christopher Jr., before she turned the gun on herself. Their bodies were found by the police in their upscale townhouse in Vinings after Cobb County police were asked to make a health check.
"Now I've lost my support system," Perkins said. The graduate of North Cobb High School, who was one of ten native students to receive a full-time scholarship from the Posse Foundation for Boston University, along with Erin Edwards, recalled a particularly harsh night last spring, shortly after her grandmother's death.
She came straight to my room and stayed for two hours, "Perkins said. "Erin has always taken time for her friends."
And she did it while keeping a manic schedule. Like her brother from the Woodward Academy, Erin studied journalism and was editor-in-chief of Charcoal magazine, a literary publication highlighting women in color. She also reported on the campus newspaper, co-DJed on a feminist talk show, wrote screenplays, and staged a broadcast on current events on BU's television channel.
Perkins said Erin could perform all the songs of "Hamilton" ̵
There she might have her fondness for "high tea", a custom that began at Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party in London, continuing to live out Candler Park and on in Boston.
She recently completed an internship at WNBC-TV in New York City, where she wrote articles for the station's digital team. Friends say that Erin was very dedicated to journalism and told them that nothing was more important than their story.
Her passion for communication was shared by her older brother Christopher, the digital content manager at the Atlanta Film and Entertainment Office.
"He was the nicest person I've ever met in Elon," said Emmanuel Morgan, who graduated from Elon University in May, a year after his friend Christopher. "He was always optimistic. He was always ready to be there for the people. If he does not know you, he would introduce himself. "
Morgan is doing an internship at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this summer, he and his friend went to a Braves game on Sunday, after which they hung in the Edwards Townhouse for a while, shattered when just three days later House appeared in news reports as the scene of a heinous crime.
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» When did the killings take place?
»What kind of weapon was used?
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"What evidence led the authorities to classify the investigation as double suicide?
For those who knew F r the family Edwards the mystery is even more startling. Marsha Edwards owned MME Enterprises, a supplier of surgical and medical equipment. Her former husband is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Morehouse School of Medicine and was previously a member of the board of the Grady Memorial Hospital. He is Chairman of the Board of the Atlanta Housing Authority.
"Dr. Edwards, his extended family, and his friends are in a state of grief and shock, and family privacy is paramount when agreements are made, "spokesman Jeff Dickerson said on Thursday in an e-mail statement.
Fahizah Alim, a family friend, said she quit a visit to Washington, DC on Wednesday to be in Atlanta with her daughter after hearing about the "incomprehensible tragedy".
She remembered a favorite memory of Marsha and Erin as they met with friends to a mother's day brunch in 2017 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead.
"Marsha knew I had a journalistic career and wanted me to talk to Erin about her education and her future career," Alim said. "Erin was so excited to pursue a career in journalism, and I shared what I knew. It was a happy day to remember.
Alim said she would also remember Marsha Edwards as a loving mother, and Erin's friends told the AJC that she had said a lot about her mother and that their relationship seemed to be tight, as they were out a few days before filming
"She was so focused on her happiness and her future, and fully committed to her goals and aspirations," said Alim.
In a statement, Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms paid tribute the family.
"Chris and Erin were beautiful, vibrant and brilliant young adults whom we had met all their lives, fulfilling the lives of all who met them with joy, compassion and kindness. who surpasses all understanding, be with the family of Edwards and all who have had the honor to have known them. "
Chris Edwards & # 39; Alma Mater honors his memory with videos that are featured in the Elon News Network site.
"The lasting legacy is that it's important to be kind to other people, and Chris was friendly to other people," said Tim Nelson, associate professor of journalism and mentor of Chris in one of the videos. "I could give you all the other stuff – he was a good reporter, he loved sports, all that kind of business. Dust to dust, the important thing was that he was a friendly and decent child.
Back at Boston University, where Erin's friends from Atlanta were preparing to go home to the memorial service scheduled for Wednesday morning at Cascade United Methodist Church, the shock began to give way to grief.
"She was the mother of the posse," recalled MC Carradine, a graduate of Towers High School and a member of the Posse. When MC started meeting someone in the business, Erin insisted on meeting her. He did the same when Erin met her boyfriend.
Carradine said he was trying to find consolation in one of Erin's few mistakes.
"She was always late," he said. "So I'm dealing with her not being here." Do not worry, folks, she's on her way. "
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The authors Gracie Bonds Staples and Chelsea Prince of AJC have contributed to this article.