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Smyrna man beaten and shoved to his death in traffic

6:01 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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MABLETON, Ga. -- "I'm trying to be calm but I'm very angry." 

Joshua Chellew's Aunt Cindy Standard, has been put in the difficult position of speaking for her sister who lost her only son. Standard says their family is still trying to piece together the horrific events that happened just after 1 a.m. sunday morning. 

What they know is that the 36 year old Joshua gave a ride to a 19 year old female friend to a Chevron on Mableton Parkway. 

When he was walking out of the store, witnesses told police four teens jumped on him and began beating and kicking him and within two minutes he was shoved backwards onto the five lane road, pushed to the ground and knocked unconscious. 

 A passing car hit him. 

Standard says, "He was a beautiful person who had a lot of life to live and he didn't deserve that. Nobody deserves that."

From the time he was a little boy with that trademark red hair, Joshua was a helper. His aunt says he was a sweet man who worked in landscaping and liked to write music, that he never hurt anyone.  

As for the teens accused of his brutal attack and murder, police say they belong to the re-up gang and have been arrested before with gang related crimes. 

19 year old Jekari Oshay Strozier, 18 year old Antonio Shantwan Pass, 18 year old Johnathan Donald Anthony, and 18 year old Kemonta Bonds, all from Mableton, are in the Cobb County jail without bonds on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and violation of the Georgia Street Gang Act.

Standard says, "She finds comfort, my sister does in that she had dinner with him that night and she still has a text message he sent saying that he loved her. And she finds comfort in that they have caught these guys and they can't do it to somebody else's child or another mother or her family so they won't have to go through what we're going through."

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