Name: Antonio Angel Santiago
Murderers: De’Marquise Elkins, 17, and his accomplice, Dominique Lang, 15.
Crime date: March 21, 2013
Antonio Angel Santiago was born on February 7, 2012, to Louis Santiago and Sherry West. He was one-years-old when he was murdered.
Summary of the crime
Elkins and Lang attempted to rob Antonio’s mother. When she did not give them her purse, Elkins shot Santiago in the face and killed him.
On the morning of March 21, 2013, Sherri West took her infant son Antonio for a stroll to the post office. While the mother and son were returning home Elkins and Lang confronted them and attempted to rob them at gunpoint. Elkins pointed a handgun at West and demanded money. West, who had no money to give the assailants, did not comply. Elkins threatened to murder Antonio, saying “give me your money or I’m going to kill you and I’m going to shoot your baby and kill your baby.” West begged the robber not to murder her baby, saying “don’t shoot my baby!” Elkins shot the terrified mother. One bullet grazed her head while the other went through her leg. Lang skater testified that Elkins counted down from five. Elkins went over to baby Antonio. West tried to cover her baby with her arms. But the end came anyways for little Antonio. Elkins shot him between the eyes with a .22 caliber handgun. The assailants then fled.
Lang pled guilty and was sentenced to eight years probation plus two years in prison. He received credit for the two years he had already send in jail. Elkins was fund guilty at trial and was sentenced to LWOP. In 2019 Georgia’s Supreme Court ordered the trial court to review whether he was properly sentenced.
Written by an NOVJM volunteer.