A sixth inmate has passed away at the Fulton County Jail, making it the latest death in a series of six within the last six weeks.
Shawndre Delmore, a 24-year-old who was found unresponsive in his cell on August 31, ultimately succumbed to his condition on September 3 at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Delmore had been arrested for burglary and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers on April 1, and was held at the jail on a $2,500 bond for the burglary charge, with a signature bond for the obstruction charge.
This occurrence adds to the total number of inmate deaths this year, which now stands at ten. An ongoing federal investigation into the jail, initiated during the summer, further contributes to the turbulent situation.
“The family is devastated by this loss,” Delmore’s family attorney, Mawuli Davis, said in a statement, according to 11 Alive. “We are committed to doing whatever is necessary to help this family get the answers they deserve so they can begin to grieve.”
His mother, Natasha Holoman, said, “My son did not deserve to die like this. He had his whole life ahead of him. I wasn’t expecting to see my son in the condition he was in.”
His grandmother, Patricia Delmore, said that Shawndre was loving and compassionate.
“He had a great smile, and he would do anything for anyone. It’s unfortunate that this has happened to him. We would like to know why,” his grandmother said.
An autopsy will determine the cause of Delmore’s death. Earlier this year, the Fulton County Jail made headlines when Lashawn Thompson’s family claimed that he died from bedbug infestation while in custody. As a result, Fulton County agreed to a $4 million settlement with Thompson’s family.