A key witness in the murder of an Army reservist on a Kirkwood bike trail has drowned, according to a report from Decaturish. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources confirmed that Ibrahim Sanusi, 22, drowned on the Chattahoochee River on June 8. Sanusi was with murder victim X’avier Arnold on Dec. 26 when they were walking on a bike trail near the Pullman Yard. Two men allegedly tried to rob Arnold and his friends. Sanusi and another friend told police that the robbers fatally shot Arnold when he fought back. Sanusi was shot in the leg, but the injury wasn’t life threatening.

While the Atlanta Pride celebration isn’t until October, events are being held in June to mark Stonewall Month. Stonewall Month is observed to commemorate the riots at the eponymous New York City bar that ushered in the modern gay rights movement. The GA Voice has a full list of events, including film screenings, discussions, art projects, Georgia Equality’s Evening of Equality event and We Are Family celebration at Piedmont Park.

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is taking applications for the Citizens Fire Academy, a six-week course that allows participants to experience the modern fire service from a first responder’s perspective. The goal of the program is to educate and inform citizens about fire and emergency services, providing them with a basic understanding of tactics and strategy and a greater understanding of the services Atlanta Fire Rescue offers. Courses include rappelling, CPR and first aid, driving and tools and equipment. Driving a fire engine and riding along on emergency calls highlight the program. The course meets every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the AFRD Training Academy, 407 Ashwood Avenue SE, beginning July 9. Participants must be 18 years old or older and live or work within the City of Atlanta. The program is free, but participants must commit to attend all six weeks. Deadline for applications is June 30.To download an application, visit www.atlantaga.gov/fire and click on AFRD News.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.