crime and punishment

Atlanta, Georgia’s Bryan Anthony Rhoden shot Gene Siller, Henry Valdez, Paul Pierson?

Bryan Anthony Rhoden (©DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
Bryan Anthony Rhoden (©DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

Bryan Anthony Rhoden, 23, of Atlanta, Georgia, United States has been arrested. He is accused of fatally shooting Eugene “Gene” Siller, 46, of Kennesaw, Georgia, Henry Valdez, 46, of Anaheim, California, USA and Paul Pierson, 76, of Topeka, Kansas, USA.

At around 2:00 p.m. on July 3, 2021, Siller was walking toward the 10th hole at the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw when he saw a white Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck on the course. Valdez and Pierson were found dead in the bed of the vehicle teetering on the bank of a sand trap.

Pierson was the owner of the vehicle. He and Valdez had no relation to the Pinetree Country Club where Siller was working as the director.

After shooting Siller in the head, Rhoden left Pierson’s truck on the course and fled on foot. Siller was just a witness to an active crime taking place and was not the target of Rhoden, according to the Cobb County Police Department.

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“We definitely feel confident there was no relationship between the shooter and Mr. Siller,” Cobb County Police Department chief Tim Cox stated. According to him, Rhoden’s name had surfaced within a few days of the shooting.

At around 5:30 p.m. on July 8, 2021, Rhoden was arrested in Chamblee, Georgia. He was charged with three counts of murder, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping.

Cox added that the case and investigation are still active. He did not share details about what led investigators to Rhoden.

“It is a relief, but there’s still some questions to be answered and a few pieces to tie up,” the New York Times quoted Kennesaw mayor Derek Easterling as saying. “There has to be a motive.”

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