Scenes from the vigil for Patrick Cotrona

East Atlanta Village residents remember one of their own

At least 100 people came out to show their support at the vigil held Friday for Patrick Cotrona. They gathered at the intersection of Flat Shoals and May avenues, not far from where Cotrona was shot and killed during an armed robbery.

Natalyn Archibong, an EAV resident who represents District 5 on Atlanta City Council, underscored mayor Kasim Reed’s promises to increase police presence in southeast Atlanta. In her rousing closing statements, Archibong warned “knuckleheads” to “stay out of here!”

Stephanie Ramage, the former reporter who now works at City Hall as Atlanta Citizens’ Advocate, told the crowd that non-working streetlights—which have been pointed to as a safety concern by neighborhood residents—should be fixed “within the week.”

Luminaries inscribed with messages to Cotrona and “EAV pride” were lit later in the evening.