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Black teen who got heart transplant killed in police chase

Anthony Stokes

By all accounts Anthony Stokes, 17, was a troubled teen. He had a considerable juvenile record after frequent encounters with law enforcement. Two years ago, his life became a point of national interest because he needed a heart transplant. The hospital initially denied his request because of his juvenile criminal record and his history of non-compliance regarding his health. However, after a social media campaign to change the hospital’s decision, Stokes did receive a new heart and a second chance at life. Promises were made by Stokes that he would look at life with a new perspective. But now the teenager lies dead in a metro Atlanta morgue.

Stokes is suspected of breaking into a home, and shooting at the occupant, an elderly woman, before fleeing the scene. A short time later, he committed a carjacking and police gave chase down a busy metro Atlanta highway. Stokes’ vehicle fishtailed during the high-speed chase and hit another vehicle and an innocent pedestrian before slamming into a pole. Rescuers had to cut Stokes out of the mangled vehicle, which was almost cut in half by the pole. Stokes was transported to a nearby hospital where he died. The pedestrian is reportedly in good condition.


  1. britishrose on April 1, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    life is like a tree the apple blossom bright with new beginning they get plucked off the tree , form the womb , they either get eaten and do some good or they fall to the ground and rott…. he was a rotten apple that hit the ground by his own choice , he could have blossomed rippen and done some good in someones health and made someone really proud , instead he choice to lie decieve and posion the ground .. he lay on . . i have no praise for him there is sorrow for the elderly lady and the person he hit but should we feel bad for a man who had his life back? god dont give everyone chance when he knows the outcome after the first chance

  2. mrhowell2002 on April 1, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    What a waste of a good heart… And what does his mom have to say….hmmm

  3. Jason on April 2, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Word of the day is guidance. Believe it or not – here was a kid who obviously needed guidance and DISCIPLINE. I don’t believe the heart was wasted as who are we to decide who lives and dies.

  4. mr_freez on April 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Heart wasted, end of discussion. Black lives matter…..not all of them.