August 7, 2023 | By: Mauricia Brown
This story is part of a collaborative project between Project: Cold Case and the University of North Florida’s Applied Journalism class.
On April 14th, 2021, Harold Irving left his home around 12 p.m. to go to the store in Jonesboro, Georgia. He texted his mother stating he would be home soon. That evening, he never made it home.
Clayton County Police say a gray Kia Soul pulled alongside Irving at a red light and shot through his passenger side window. Irving was shot in the neck and taken to the Southern Regional Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
During the investigation police were able to review cell phone and surveillance records as well as speak to witnesses. In early 2023, warrants were obtained by Law enforcement and shortly after three suspects were arrested. They are being held with no bond, have been charged with felony murder, and aggravated assault.
The arrests have helped bring some answers to a family who’s loved one was taken from them too soon. The three suspects will face separate trials beginning in August 2023.
Harold was a friendly and caring man. In his youth, he loved to give lunch money to kids who did not have any. His smile lit up the room and everyone was welcomed by his presence.
“I still feel his presence even though he isn’t around anymore,” said his mom, Beverly Irving.
His favorite time of the year was Christmas because giving made him happy. “He helped everybody in need, especially during holidays,” Beverly said.
His mom said he loved his nieces with all his heart, and he loved to spoil them. Irving loved to talk and help others out.
He would come home and make food to pass to the homeless, he wanted to pursue a job as security at his church, and he even worked on his days off to make it easier for his co-workers. Beverly said, “he would give his last dollars to the homeless.”
Beverly’s favorite memories with her son were taking family trips.
Starting in 2018, the entire family would take an annual trip to Orlando from Atlanta to go to Disneyland and shop. They were prepared to take their yearly trip in 2021 but Irving wouldn’t be a part of it.
The arrests will not bring Harold back – but his family is hopeful that justice will finally be served.
If you have any information that may assist in the successful prosecution of those involved in the murder of Harold Irving, please call the Clayton County Police Department at (770) 477-3747 or the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office at (770) 477-3450.
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