On January 14, 2000 at 8:48 p.m., Jonah Bryant, was home watching TV like any other 15 year old young man. His mother Brenda Bryant and sister went to the grocery store and returned to their home in the 1300 block of east 37th Street. Ms. Bryant was walking to the front door of her residence with her purse and groceries when an unknown black male approached her and tried to rob her. Jonah heard his mother being attacked on the front porch; he ran to his mother’s aid and told the robber to leave his mother alone. The robber turned the gun on Jonah and shot Jonah which resulted in Jonah’s death.
Jonah was 15 years old and a ninth grade student at Savannah High school. Jonah was active in the JROTC program and had dreams of one day joining the Army and then moving into law enforcement. Jonah was a good kid and he died protecting his mother and sister. Jonah is a hero and needs justice for his sacrifice.
SCMPD hopes that someone will come forward with information – even if you don’t think it’s important – it could be that one crucial bit of information that helps them solve the case. The man responsible was described as a dark-skinned black male with an average build – approximately 5’7″ to 5’9″. He was wearing a checkerboard patterned jacket the night of the shooting, but had his face covered which has made it hard to identify him.
Here are some links to Jonah’s story in the media: