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No arrests in fatal shooting of South grad in Dawsonville
Case involving Brandon Weaver's death remains under investigation
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Forsyth County News

DAWSONVILLE — The investigation into the shooting death of a former South Forsyth football standout and father of three remains a top priority for the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

Brandon Weaver, 37, of Dawsonville was shot in the chest at close range during a fight Nov. 22 at the Whitney Place home.

No arrests have been made in the case, though authorities say they know the shooter's identity.

Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten said the case remains under investigation.

"We may have some updates later this week," he said.

The fight reportedly started when Weaver and another man arrived at the home to confront the people living there.

Wooten said Weaver's son had been at a birthday party at the home earlier that evening and had called his dad to say he wanted to go home.

The child felt uncomfortable about something going on at the party, according to Wooten.

The confrontation escalated and shots were fired. Weaver was hit twice. He died on the scene. An autopsy listed the cause of death as "gun shot to chest.”

Wooten said the incident involved alcohol, a factor that has hindered the investigation.

"That makes our jobs more difficult in that we have to go back and re-interview the people from that night after the fact," he said.

Sheriff Billy Carlisle called the shooting a "tragedy to our community."

"We ask that you respect the privacy of both families involved, as this is a difficult time for everyone. We appreciate your concern and patience as we continue a thorough investigation," he said.

Weaver, a well-known parks and recreation coach, is survived by his wife Heather Weaver, three young sons, numerous family members and friends throughout many communities.

Funeral services for Weaver, who was raised in Forsyth County, were held Nov. 26 at Dave's Creek Baptist Church.

According to his obituary, Weaver graduated from South Forsyth High School in 1995. Forsyth County News records show he was a member of the newspaper’s 1994 All-County football team as a defensive end.

Weaver then went on to play football at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville and then Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D.