Mariam Forever is an organization advocating for substantial change in legislation to protect the community from preventable violent crimes. The organization lists several initiatives, including one that would require sex offenders to carry identification cards that disclose their sex offender status. The legislation is called “Mariam’s Law” and the group is seeking a state legislator to sponsor it.
According to WGCL-TV, Mariam Abdulrab, 27, was kidnapped, shot and killed last August by a stranger who abducted her from her boyfriend’s driveway. Police arrested DeMarcus Brinkley, who has been indicted on nine felony counts including murder, kidnapping and attempted rape, WGCL-TV reported.
Abdulrab was found shot to death on Aug. 13 on Lakewood Ave, WSB-TV reported. Her boyfriend, Jeremy Antoine, reported hours earlier that she had been kidnapped at gunpoint outside his home in Chosewood Park, according to the news station.
Brinkley is a repeat offender in Georgia. According to court records obtained by WGCL-TV, Brinkley was accused of raping a 7-year-old girl in 2012. Then in 2013, he was found on top of a naked 6-year-old girl. In 2015, he plead guilty to child molestation, attempted rape, and cruelty to children.
When Brinkley was released in 2020, he never received a risk level assessment. That’s when offenders are assigned Level 1, 2 or 3, depending on their risk level for sexual re-offense, WGCL-TV reported.
The family of Abdulrab told the news station that what happened was preventable, which is why they’re advocating for “Mariam’s Law.”
Brinkley’s final plea hearing is set for June 23 and a trial is scheduled for October.