There are tens of thousands of stories, with a few of them told in Their Lives Matter Too. Most of the names you’ll never hear or read about. It’s as if their lives never mattered, nor if they never existed.
Toni Abad is one of those lives. She was a white woman beaten to death outside Atlanta by a black male (with a baseball bat) just before Christmas in 2017. Her black murderer was just convicted of the homicide in a story few people know about, outside of Toni’s immediate family. [She was beaten to death trying to help. Now, a grandmother’s alleged killer is going to trial, 11 Alive, October 2, 2019]:
It was four days before Christmas in 2017 when De’Asia Page waited outside the Publix in Fairburn, Georgia and asked grocery store employee Toni Abad for a ride, prosecutors said.
Abad said yes.
Page got Abad, a 58-year-old grandmother, to a small side road off of Cascade Palmetto Highway about 5 miles from the Publix.
When they arrived, Page’s boyfriend, 18-year-old Jared Kemp, came out of the woods with a baseball in hand. He then allegedly broke the driver’s side of the window with the bat and then struck Abad several times.
Prosecutors said Abad begged for her life, but was murdered by Kemp.
Page and Kemp then are accused of putting Abad’s body in the trunk of her own car and then leaving the car behind a Waffle House.
When police arrived and opened the trunk, they found Abad’s body inside.
Page, who prosecutors said admitted her involvement in the crime to a security guard at a gas station near the murder scene, was arrested on Christmas Eve 2017. She then allegedly gave details of the murder to the lead investigator, and Kemp was arrested.
This week, a Fulton County jury convicted Kemp of murder, felony murder, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle in the first degree and aggravated assault. He’ll be sentenced on Oct. 29.
Page will be tried at a later date.
Abad left behind four sons and five grandchildren. She was described as a dedicated employee, who worked at a Publix an hour from her home because she believed she was needed at that location.
Dozens of Publix employees attended her funeral wearing their uniforms, family members said.
“Cared more about others than herself. Would do anything for you. Give the shirt off her back if it meant to help somebody,” her son Timothy Abad said. “She wasn’t a woman of great means, but what she did have, she would give to you to help.”
She was found dead in the drunk of a car (after giving a ride to De’Asia Ra’meke Page, whose boyfriend would then beat her to death with a baseball bat) just days before Christmas back in 2017. She was murdered by two blacks in Atlanta, in a story barely making ripples in the metro Atlanta area and nary a whisper on the national scene.
Just another black-on-white murder in America.
Rest in peace, Toni.