DJ Nando Murdered In Atlanta
Clayton County Police have identified a man who was shot and killed overnight at a home on the 6500 block of Oak Street in Morrow.
According to authorities, the man was identified as 38-year-old William Fernando Barnes or “DJ Nando.” Barnes was a well-known DJ who frequently worked in local adult entertainment clubs like Club Onyx in Midtown and Magic City, which is located downtown.
The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. in front of the home located near Mt. Zion Boulevard. Barnes died, shortly, after the shooting.
Hurricane Dave, program director at local hip-hop station HOT 107.9, said DJ Nando was “well respected” among artists and DJ’s and that he “broke a lot of records” for a number of artists in the Atlanta area.
Clayton County Police have not released any information on the incident. However, they say they’re searching for suspects, at this time
DJ Nando has been a member of Atlanta’s famed Coalition DJ’s since 2008 and was also working on his debut album prior to his passing.
Coalition DJs brass, Nick Love and Xavier “Big X” Hargrove, have issued the following on behalf of the organization:
Today we’ve lost not only a great talent and DJ, but our friend and brother. Nando had a great ear for talent and was highly respected within the DJ community and the music industry at large. DJ Nando played a huge role in the success of Atlanta’s thriving music scene, and was a constant “go to” for labels and artists trying to get their music to the masses.
We’re not engaging in speculation, as we await the final reports from authorities, and ask that you join us in honoring his memory by doing the same. In the coming days we ask for your continued prayers for DJ Nando’s family, friends, his business partner AB and our organization as we work to process this senseless tragedy.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nando’s family, friends, and also our folks in Atlanta who are grieving.
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