Whenever a junior from Boston University Kesha Perkins needed emotional support, she reflexively turned to Erin Edwards, her close friend and fellow Atlanta partner.
On Wednesday night, Perkins received a message that 20-year-old Erin had died. Investigators believe Dr. Marsha Edwards, the ex-wife of surgeon and civilian leader Christopher Edwards, shot her daughter Erin and their son, 24-year-old Christopher Jr., before turning the gun on himself. Their bodies were recovered by police at their prestigious Winings home after police in Cobb County were asked to conduct a background check.
"Now I've lost my support system," Perkins said. The North Cobb High School graduate, who along with Erin Edwards was one of 1
"She came straight to my room and stayed for two hours," Perkins said. "Erin always made time for her friends."
And she did it by keeping a manic schedule. An alumnus, like his brother, of the Woodward Academy, Erin participates in journalism, serving as editor-in-chief of Charcoal magazine, a literary publication highlighting women of color. She also reported on campus news, was a "co-DJ" in feminist talk shows, and co-wrote and directed a stage for current acts on BU's television station.
Perkins said that Erin could perform all the songs from Hamilton – "she loved musicals" – and was excited to study in London this spring.
There, she would be able to indulge in her affection. to "high tea," a custom that began with Dr. Bombay's underwater tea at Candler Park and continues in Boston.
She was recently an intern at WNBC-TV in New York, where she wrote articles for the station's digital team. Friends say Erin was committed to journalism, telling them that nothing was more important than their story.
Her passion for communications is shared by her older brother, Christopher, digital content manager for the Atlanta Film and Entertainment Office.
"He was the nicest person I ever met in Elon," says Emmanuel Morgan, who graduated from Elon University in May, a year after his friend Christopher. "He has always been admirable. He was always ready to be there for people. If he didn't know you, he would introduce himself. "
Morgan is an intern this summer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He and his friend went to a Braves game on Sunday. Then they hung out for a while at the Edwards family townhouse. He shook when just three days later, the home appeared in news coverage as a scene of heinous crime.
Children's Memorial Service, Mother Killed in Winings, Apparently Homicide-Suicide
Former wife of Atlanta homeowner killed 2 children, herself, according to police fatal shootings:
»Who asked for a health check?
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»What evidence prompted the authorities to classify the investigation as double homicide-suicide?
For those who knew the Edwards family, the mystery was even more perplexing. Marsha Edwards owns MME Enterprises, a provider of surgical and medical equipment. Her ex-husband serves on the board of Morehouse Medical School and previously served on the Grady Memorial Hospital. He is chairman of the Atlanta Housing Board.
“Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock and family integrity is paramount when making arrangements, "spokesman Jeff Dickerson said Thursday in an email statement.
Fahiza Alim, a friend of the family, said she interrupted a visit to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to be with her daughter in Atlanta after learning of the "incomprehensible tragedy."
She recalled a fond memory of Marsha and Erin when meeting friends for the mother
"Knowing that I have a k marching in journalism, Marsha intended to talk to Erin about her education and future career, "Alim said." Erin was so excited about pursuing a career in journalism and shared what I know. It was a joyful day and one that I decided to
Alim said he would also remember Marsha Edwards as a loving mother. Erin's friends told AJC that she spoke extremely much about her mother and seemed to have a close relationship. They had returned from vacation in Italy just days before the shooting.
"She was so focused on their happiness and their future and fully committed to their goals and aspirations," says Alim.
In a statement, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms paid tribute to the family.
“Chris and Erin were beautiful, vibrant, and brilliant young adults who we had the pleasure of knowing all their lives. They filled the lives of all who met them with joy, compassion and kindness. May the peace of God that transcends every understanding be with the Edwards family and all who have had the honor of knowing them. "
Chris Edwards' Alma Mater honors her memory with videos posted in tribute to the Elon News Network
" The lasting legacy is that it's important to be nice to other people, and Chris was kind to other people "says Tim Nelson, associate professor of journalism and mentor to Chris, in one of the videos. "I could give you all this and other things – he was a good reporter, he loved sports, all kinds of business. Dust dust, the important thing was that he was a good and decent kid.
Back at Boston University, where Atlanta's Erin's friends were preparing to return home for a memorial service scheduled for Wednesday morning at Cascade United Methodist Church, the shock began to recede.
"She was Poser's mother," recalls MC Carradine, a Towers High School graduate and Posse member. When the MC started dating someone in BU, Erin insisted on meeting her. He did the same when Erin met her boyfriend.
Karadin said he was trying to find solace in one of Erin's few flaws.
"She was always late," he said. "So I deal with it that I'm not here. "Don't worry, guys, she's on her way."
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AJC authors Gracie Bonds Staples and Chelsea Prince contributed to this article.