19-year-old Omarian Banks was on his way home to his new apartment in Atlanta, Georgia, which he shared with his girlfriend, when he knocked on the wrong door.
He was greeted from the balcony by Darryl Bynes, 32, who shot at him three times.
Banks was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 19-year-old kid knocks on the wrong door in an apartment complex he just moved into. He is shot and killed. This… https://t.co/bZPyxGcyFz— paswrd is Jacob. 🌈 (@paswrd is Jacob. 🌈) 1553896980.0
Zsakeria Mathis, Banks's girlfriend, said that they were still unfamiliar with the apartment complex's layout, having just moved in. Banks reportedly called ahead and asked her to meet him at the front door.
When she went to their front door, however, he was nowhere to be seen.
From her front porch, however, Mathis could hear her boyfriend being murdered.
"I just hear faint voices and a gunshot, and then I hear him yell. And I heard all the fear in his voice and he was just, 'I'm sorry! I'm at the wrong door!'"
"The man was like, 'No, you're not at the wrong door!' And he shot two more times and then it was silent."
rest in power omarion banks. https://t.co/qWxOayKVOG— nurah #blm (@nurah #blm) 1554042413.0
She ran downstairs to find Banks bleeding on the ground from a bullet wound to the neck.
Another witness described the scene similarly.
"He pleaded for his life. He was like, 'Hold on, I am sorry, I am sorry' and the dude shot him."
Damn that's just sad. RIP Omarion Banks😢— Kimberly Williams (@Kimberly Williams) 1554057551.0
Bynes was arrested and is now booked at the Fulton County Jail. The Associated Press reports that this will be his fourth time in prison.
Bynes's cousin, Makayla Johnson, however, commented to local news stations that he should not be charged with murder.
"He is an innocent father. He has five kids. He was protecting his family. His truck was stolen earlier this week, right now, he's just trying to protect his family."
Twitter was heartbroken over the senseless loss of life.
Reading what happened to #OmarionBanks makes me want to stop reading news articles. Death and entertainment litter… https://t.co/LiQZNbSSRa— Richetta Miracle (@Richetta Miracle) 1553974911.0
Reading about the senseless killings of black people daily is depressing #OmarionBanks— Big Mama (@Big Mama) 1553918551.0
@FranzFanon1863 SMDH #OmarionBanks— Carla (@Carla) 1554033738.0
Justice for #OmarionBanks https://t.co/EU6QMy9UPa— The Happy Feminist 💜 (@The Happy Feminist 💜) 1554035953.0
Justice for #OmarionBanks #BlackLivesMatter a young boy that was shot down only because he knocked on the wrong door— y$l tai (@y$l tai) 1553965164.0
#omarionbanks another young manchild murdered 4 being in his own god blessed Blk skin. He knocked on the wrong door… https://t.co/w2Yt43GqZP— EastCoastMom (@EastCoastMom) 1554127733.0
The dude that shot that Omarion Banks kid needs to be locked up if the friend's account is correct...chalk another… https://t.co/0BgYedFKSP— In Sean We Trust (@In Sean We Trust) 1554100270.0
Rest & Peace to the young man, #OmarionBanks who was shot in killed for knocking on the wrong door in, Atlanta he w… https://t.co/k5r7Cwivsl— Da'Mis Sexy~I*ReDz (@Da'Mis Sexy~I*ReDz) 1554099281.0
A GoFundMe has been started by Banks's father to help pay the cost of his son's funeral.
Rest in peace, Omarion.