22-Year-Old Man Shot and Killed in Lakeland, GA UPDATE

By: Kim Carapucci Email
By: Kim Carapucci Email

UPDATED 4:50PM, 4/1/09

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has charged a man for last Thursday's shooting death in Lakeland, Georgia.

Lakeland Police say 24-year-old Darrell Scott faces a charge of malice murder for the shooting death of 22-year-old Robert Croft.

Officials say Croft was shot in the chest and left to die on Talley Avenue around 10 PM Thursday night.

Croft died minutes later at the hospital.

Darrell Scott was originally arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on drug distribution charges.

Through further investigation, detectives linked Scott to the shooting death of Robert Croft.

Investigators have not identified a motive at this time.

Scott is being held at the Lowndes County Jail without bond.

UPDATED 5:19pm, 3/28/09

Police are still investigating the murder of Robert Croft. Authorities say they have questioned several people regarding the shooting. However, no arrests have been made.

Lakeland Police say this is the 4th fatal shooting and 5th murder in the city limits in less than a year.

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Police are searching for the person who shot and killed a 22-year-old man Thursday night.

The victim, Robert Croft, was a young father who leaves behind a two-month old son. Croft was only one week shy of his 23rd birthday.

The tears say it all.

A mother clenching her daughter, sobbing for their irreplaceable loss...

"He was my baby, her brother. She's 15 years old and her brother is gone and my baby is gone and there's no bringing him back," said Croft's Mother, Antoinette Brown.

Less than 24 hours ago, Antoinette Brown received the worst news of her life.

"My daughter-in-law called me and told me my son's been shot. I didn't know he was dead until I got to the hospital. My other son told me he was dead."

Police say Brown's son, 22-year-old Robert Croft, was shot in the chest and left to die on Talley Avenue in Lakeland last night.

Minutes later, he was pronounced dead at Louis Smith Hospital.

"Just wonder how somebody could be so cruel to take my baby from me," said Brown.

Now, tears stain the faces of his loved ones who demand to know why this had to happen.

Even more tragic, Croft left behind a baby boy Deshaun.

"This baby will never know his daddy now. A beautiful two-month-old baby has got to grow up now with no father," said Brown.

Police say they have no leads and no suspects at this time. Croft's family hopes that anyone with any information will come forward and help solve this crime.

Police say this is the 4th fatal shooting and 5th murder in Lakeland in less than a year.


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  • by cc Location: Naylor on Jul 14, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    Update: Robert's Headstone and slab have been placed over his body as of 7/13/09. It is beautiful, thanks to everyone that had input in the headstone. Its been almost four months and the mastermind of his murder, "Wendy" is still out running the streets of Lanier County, thanks Nick for doing your job as Sheriff of Lanier County...cc
  • by cc on May 26, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    I just wanted to say that today marks 2 months that we have suffered without Robert. I would like to let my brother, his father know that I love him and I wish there was something I could do to comfort him on days like today; he misses his "Fishing Buddy" in so many ways. We all love and miss you Robert. I love you Louis. cc
  • by MisUnderstood Location: lakeland on May 19, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    No matter what Robert did he did not deserve to die. I wish the sheriff's office would do a better job at handling this case. I think everyone in the car that night should be tried for his death and in jail now. I loved Robert dearly and I hope justice is served for him. Don't let the murderers get away....
  • by M&A Location: La on Apr 28, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    We Miss You dearly Robert Austin Croft! You will always be in our memories! Love Ya! RIP!
  • by cc on Apr 16, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    I am a relative of Robert Croft, and I am very distubed at the way the Sheriff handled this case. My brother was told that "Robert was into more than he knew about". Well maybe this is true but where does what a person do have to do with how much a parent loves a child. You can teach a child the right things to do in life but it doesn't mean that the child will listen. There are several wonderful families in Lanier County that their children either sell drugs or they use drugs, does this mean its okay to kill them. And for Nick Norton, does this mean just let our town keep being drug infested and keep let people kill each other and then tell the families in a round about way that he deserved it. I hope nobody in your family is murdered Nick Norton no matter what the situation I would not turn my back on you and your family so why did you do our family like this? In loving memory of my nephew, Robert Austin Croft.
  • by chelsea Location: lakeland, georgia on Apr 6, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    I fell very sorry for Robert. I bet that he was a very good man.I know that many people loved him and and a lot of people miss him.I hope his cousin and one of my close friends J. Croft can go through this painful experince
  • by Docker Location: Tallahassee on Apr 2, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    So much for drugs being a victimless crime
  • by A on Apr 1, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    and by the way, Happy Birthday Robert! RIP
  • by A Location: Lakeland on Apr 1, 2009 at 06:30 PM
    Whether the circumstances, there was a death and sympathy should be expressed. Robert was a person and has people who loved him dearly. You should not judge. In addition, he does not deserve for anyone to talk in vain about him, because he is not here any longer to defend himself.
  • by sos1 on Apr 1, 2009 at 03:45 PM
    trash and more trash---thugs
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