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Police stumped in Gainesville woman’s shooting death

No leads or suspects have been identified by DeKalb County Police investigating the fatal shooting of Tekeila Calloway, a Gainesville woman found fatally shot last June, and gang ties can not be confirmed.

Calloway, however, was part of an investigative file released by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office last month in a separate murder investigation on Barnes Drive.

Delwoun Williams was found guilty of felony murder May 10, in the June 26, 2017 shooting death of Cornelius Gordon on Barnes Drive. Williams was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison.

During the trial, attorneys said Williams was a member of the Bloods, and Gordon, of Gainesville, was associated with the Gangster Disciples. 

The Times requested the investigative file, which mentions Calloway’s death, following Williams’ sentencing.

According to the report, DeKalb Police contacted Hall County investigators on June 29 about Calloway, who was found June 28 with a gunshot wound to the head.

According to DeKalb County Police’s initial report, a man and his three children were walking in the woods near Field Green Drive in Stone Mountain when they discovered a body and called 911.

A Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad member said he had talked with Calloway three days earlier to ask about the Barnes Drive murder.

“She told him then that she was at the party but didn’t know what happened,” according to the report.

Investigators spoke with a man the next day who said “because one of the Gangster Disciples got killed, then Tekeila disappeared.”

“We weren’t able to verify any of that, but we were hearing the same stories last June when we began this investigation,” DeKalb County Police Sgt. Lynn Shuler said.

Shuler said they haven’t talked to anybody “credible that can verify that that is accurate.”

“We do know that Tekeila had previous roots in DeKalb County. She had moved to Hall County and for some reason came back,” Shuler said.

Calloway was living with her grandmother, who was interviewed by Hall County investigators. 

Calloway’s grandmother reportedly told investigators Calloway got a phone call on June 27.

“She heard her say ‘let me put my shoes on and I’ll be right out.’ She said that about 20 minutes later, (Calloway) got into a black car with silver trim. She walked out of the house without brushing her teeth or her hair and just had on a tank top, shorts and flipflops,” according to the report.

DeKalb authorities told Hall investigators that a shell casing was found on the bridge near Calloway.

Investigators later interviewed Calloway’s mother, who said she knew “that her daughter was in the Bloods gang and she tried to get her to not be involved.”

Shuler said the investigation is still an active case.

In the time since these shootings, Hall County MANS unit Sgt. Paul House said he has not seen any increased violence between Gangster Disciples and the Bloods.

“There’s lots of times when there’s things that go on in the streets that happen and go unreported. But as far as I know, there was not any kind of increase or uptick of violence ... towards one another,” he said.

According to Calloway’s obituary, she was a hair dresser, massage therapist and a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

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Delwoun Williams is escorted out of the courtroom on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Gainesville, after the conclusion of his murder trial in Hall County Superior Court. Williams, who fatally shot Cornelius Gordon in June 2017 on Barnes Drive, was convicted of felony murder, aggravated assault, terroristic acts, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.