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Coach killed in weekend shooting
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A popular Dawson County Parks and Recreation coach and father of three was shot and killed in an altercation Saturday night.

Brandon Weaver, 37, died at a residence on Whitney Place, just off Dawson Forest Road, according to Dawson County Public Information Officer Capt.Tony Wooten.

No arrests have been made in the case, although Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle said he believes officers know who did it.

We are trying to interview all the witnesses now and determine the truth of what happened, Carlisle said. We know who did it.

Weaver was shot twice in the chest at close range during a fight at the Whitney Place home, Wooten said.

Once we put everything together, well meet with the D.A. (district attorney) and determine charges, if any, Carlisle said.

Weavers son had attended a birthday party at the Whitney Place residence earlier in the evening and called his dad saying he wanted to come home because a situation had made him feel uncomfortable.

The kid had walked off from the property and wanted to be picked up, Wooten said.

Weaver reportedly picked up his son and returned home, but later that night returned to the Whitney Place home with an unidentified male to confront the people who lived there.

Shortly afterward, an altercation ensued, Wooten said. The cause of the fight is still under investigation.

A call was placed to 911 around 10:30 p.m., Wooten said, and the shots were fired shortly after the call was placed.

Weaver died at the scene.

Were still way too early in the investigation to discuss potential charges at this point, Wooten said. Theres still a lot of things about that night that led to the shooting that need to be investigated and determined as to why.

Alcohol was a factor in the incident, he said.

Joey Carder, athletic coordinator for Dawson County Parks and Recreation said Weaver will be deeply missed.

Brandon was a coach who had a passion for sports and for the kids as athletes and individuals, Carder said. He was the epitome of true sportsmanship. The passion that he put forth was incredible, and he cheered on the players no matter what team they were playing for.

Weaver had been with the Dawson County Parks and Recreation since 2007 as a head coach and assistant coach teaching football, T-ball, and basketball.

Dawson County resident and photographer Paige Sweeney had known Weaver since high school.

He raised the bar for coaches, she said. To the kids he worked with, he was their hero.


Visitation is being held today, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Ingram's Funeral Home, 210 Ingram Way, Cumming. Funeral services are tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. Internment takes place at Dave's Creek Baptist Church cemetery, 1597 Old Atlanta Hwy., Cumming.