Atlanta Officials Announce Fresh Investigation Into Decades-Old Child Murder Cases

The murders drew national attention, prompting television news broadcasts to run advertisements asking viewers, "It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?"

Coretta Scott King Leading March
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"A lot has changed in Atlanta since 1979," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference. “We now know that DNA technology is much more advanced. It did not exist in 1981.”

Bottoms announced Thursday that investigators will be re-evaluating evidence in a series of murders of black children and young black adults in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981, NBC News reported.

The murders drew national attention, prompting television news broadcasts to run advertisements asking viewers, "It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?"

Bottoms added that looking back at the evidence is part of her effort to make sure the victims' memories are not forgotten, and “to make sure, in the truest sense of the word, to let the world know that black lives do matter."

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