Navy Veteran and Mother Murdered in Carjacking Attempt in Atlanta

Navy Veteran and Mother Murdered in Carjacking Attempt in Atlanta ~ Renae Alexander, a mother of three and Navy veteran was senselessly murdered in a carjacking attempt outside an Atlanta apartment complex.

Navy Veteran and Mother Murdered in Carjacking Attempt in Atlanta
Renae Alexander, a Navy veteran and mother of three, was killed during a carjacking attempt on Nov. 3. Photos courtesy of family

By: Lauren Pozen |Updated: November 4, 2019 – 2:49 PM | courtesy of WSB-TV Atlanta

ATLANTA — The woman killed in a carjacking attempt in southwest Atlanta has been identified.

Family members confirmed to Channel 2’s Lauren Pozen that Renae Alexander was shot and killed outside an apartment complex Sunday morning.

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“To have your mother taken away by natural causes is one thing, but to take this beautiful woman away so early is horrible,” the family said.

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This is Renae Alexander and her son. Renae was killed in an attempted carjacking Sunday in SW Atlanta. A crew with masks and guns approached her at an apartment complex. Police are still looking for them. Her family is devastated. Ranae also served in the navy. @wsbtv

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She was a mother to 3 sons. She served in the Navy. Renae Alexander was killed Sunday in SW Atlanta when crew w/masks and guns approached her in her car at an apartment complex.

Renae’s family set up a @gofundme to help w/her unexpected passing: 

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Alexander and another woman were leaving the Columbia at Mechanicsville Station apartments around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Four people with masks and guns came up to the women and tried to steal their cars. The second woman was not hurt, but the group did get away in her car.

The crew crashed into other cars, which police said kept them from stealing others at the complex. The four suspects have not been caught.

Alexander’s family has set up a GoFundMe account for her funeral expenses.

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Second suspect arrested in shooting death of mother, Navy veteran


A second suspect was arrested Thursday in the death of a veteran shot during a carjacking in southwest Atlanta. 

Jacquez Barnes, 20, is facing a murder charge in the Nov. 2 death of 45-year-old Renae Alexander, a mother of three described by her sons as a Navy vet. Officers had previously arrested Shakiyah Jones, 19, on the same charge.


Remaining 2 suspects arrested in shooting death of mother, Navy veteran

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Police have arrested the remaining two suspects in the death of a veteran shot during a carjacking in southwest Atlanta. 

Reginald Bryant, 21, and Javonne Spencer, 19, were the last of four suspects investigators have connected to the Nov. 3 death of Renae Alexander. The 45-year-old mother of three was described by her sons as a Navy vet. 

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Bryant and Spencer are each facing a murder charge in her death, Atlanta police said Friday. Shakiyah Jones, 19, and Jacquez Barnes, 20, were previously arrested on the same charges.

Homicide detectives determined soon after the November shooting that four people were involved, police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee said. They identified the first two suspects, Jones and Barnes, within the first four days of the investigation.

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Shakiyah Jones (left), Jacquez BarnesPhoto: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

Bryant and Spencer were identified last week, Chafee said. Bryant was already in the Fulton County Jail on unrelated charges, and Spencer surrendered Thursday at police headquarters.

Alexander died at Grady Memorial Hospital the day after she was shot outside an apartment complex on Fulton Street. A gunman was aiming at another woman who was trying to escape a carjacking, and Alexander got caught in the line of fire, according to a police report. 

The carjacking victim told investigators the man approached her Chevrolet Camaro with a long handgun and told her to “get out.” She immediately reversed her vehicle, backing into Alexander’s Chevrolet Malibu, police said in the report.

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Alexander was shot in the side and leg. Hearing the shots, several bystanders attempted to come to her aid, according to police. One man was shot in the leg when he rushed out of the apartment complex breezeway. He survived. 

All four suspects are being held in the Fulton County Jail. Bond was denied for Jones, Barnes and Bryant. Spencer was scheduled for a bond hearing Friday.

It is likely all four will next appear in court together for a preliminary hearing March 6, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. 

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