Ex-UGA football player arrested for murder of Northeast Georgia store clerk

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a former University of Georgia football player in the shooting death of a convenience store clerk nearly a year ago.

Elijah Wood was shot on March 19, 2021 at the RaceTrac on Highway 441 in Oconee County.

The sheriff’s office, with the help of several agencies, arrested Ahkil Nasir Crumpton.

Oconee County RaceTrac employee Elijah Wood was murdered while on the job on March 19, 2021, just a week before his 24th birthday. (OCSOFacebook)

“Today is the day the family of Elijah Wood, everyone here at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and our community have been waiting for,” Sheriff James Hale, Jr. wrote on social media. “WE GOT IT!”

In February, the ATF informed the sheriff’s office that a gun used in a Philadelphia murder matched the gun used in Wood’s death. Philadelphia police investigators have informed Oconee County that they suspect Crumpton was the shooter in their case. Oconee County investigators were later able to establish that Crumpton, a Philadelphia native, played football at UGA in 2017 and 2018 and was a student at the University of Athens until 2021.

A UGA website shows Crumpton played as a wide receiver for the Bulldogs.

Following this lead, Sheriff Hale said investigators were able to obtain enough evidence to obtain an arrest warrant for Crumpton.

“Over the past year, we have seen the pain, agony and frustrations this murder has brought to Elijah’s family, friends and our community. We all know that this arrest will not bring Elijah back. , but we hope his family, friends and this community can now begin the healing process,” Sheriff Hale said. “We also know the fight is not over. Now we must successfully pursue the case. in court.”

Although an arrest has been made, this case is still under active investigation. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 769 3945.

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