: 11-Year-Old Paulding County Boy Killed in Shooting to Have Funeral Service

Paulding County, Georgia – The family of an 11-year-old boy from Paulding County who tragically lost his life in a shooting inside his own home recently revealed details about his upcoming funeral. Zander Whatley of Douglasville was fatally shot when unknown individuals opened fire on his residence in Paulding County.

Described as a dedicated member of the Student Council and an active athlete, Whatley was a fifth-grade student at Hal Hutchens Elementary School. The young boy participated in various sports, including soccer, baseball, and football, showing a passion for physical activity and teamwork.

In addition to his athletic pursuits, Whatley had a deep love for singing, TikTok, and spending time with family and friends. The community, devastated by his untimely death, plans to honor his memory with a balloon release event at Rockmart High School, along with a public viewing scheduled before the ceremony.

A celebration of life and funeral service for Whatley will take place on what would have been his 12th birthday. The family has organized a second public viewing at the Rockmart High School Gymnasium followed by a service at the high school, where friends, family, and well-wishers can pay their respects.

Seeking justice for their beloved child, Whatley’s family urges anyone with information about the shooting to come forward and assist law enforcement in identifying those responsible. Concerned individuals can contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office to provide crucial information that may help bring closure to this tragic incident.