An 11-year-old Forsyth County, Georgia boy named Levi Frady was murdered Oct. 22, 1997. This week marks the 21st anniversary of his murder. The case remains unsolved.
Law enforcement statements confirm the child was shot three times, once in the chest and twice in the head. Levi’s body was found the following day, Oct. 23, partially submerged, face-up, in a rain-filled pit in Dawson Forest Wildlife Management area. Four law enforcement agencies, including the FBI have been unable to solve the boy’s murder.
What law enforcement likely didn’t know was that Levi had started attending church.
A minister close to the family said that, “Levi was a boy who had decided he wanted to do something for the Lord, and that he wanted to put his musical talents to work in the church for the glory of God. He was learning the Bible.
“He had a strong understanding of what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s good and what’s bad,” the minister said. “And there must have been something very bad happening in his life.”
A Forsyth County Sheriff’s captain confirmed Frady called 911 twice in the weeks leading up to his murder. Yet, law enforcement has never released transcripts of the calls.
The minister then reflected that Levi was destined to do something great for the Lord, and that someone murdered this little child of God. This certainly has angered God, he said, and did you know Levi’s church in Forsyth County later closed its doors? And this surely angered God even more.
The Minister then opened his Bible and read Matthew 18:1-7.
1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whosoever shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6 But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones — which believe in me — it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must be that offenses come; but woe to that person from whom the offenses come!
The minister paused, closed his Bible, and placed his hand upon it.
“And to all those who have knowledge of those offenses,” he said.
A professional artist’s rendering of how Levi Frady would have looked today.