Grieving Family Makes Plea in Norcross Homicide Case

One week after murder, the family of Timothy Kemp is searching for answers.

The youngest son of 46-year-old Timothy Lance Kemp stood in front of cameras yesterday with more than 15 of his family members at his side. His tone was insistent: If you have any information at all about his father’s murder, please talk to police.

The son, Dionte Johnson, wants to know why his father, who he describes as a hard-working family man, was shot once in the head and left in a grassy area in the Harbin Springs apartments where he lived with Johnson’s mother.

A maintenance worker discovered the body while making his morning rounds just over one week ago, on July 25.

Gwinnett Police called the press conference so that media, the Spanish-language media in particular, could get the word out about the unresolved case. The body was found off Harbins Road in an unincorporated area of Norcross that has a large Hispanic population. 

Johnson said that his father took MARTA buses to and from work, often an exhausting one-hour journey. “He has to walk quite a distance from the closest MARTA bus stop,” Johnson said. 

“We’re missing our father,” said Johnson. “Every day my nieces and nephews—his grandkids—ask, ‘Where’s my pop-pop?’” 

Kemp’s niece, Samia Spearing, also spoke as the family trickled out of the room.

“It is a tragedy to have someone taken away from our family in such a manor,” she said. “At the end of the day, justice needs to be served.”

Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5100.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »