Teen heart transplant recipient killed while on crime spree

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ATLANTA — A teen who received a controversial heart transplant two years ago is dead following a carjacking and high-speed chase near Atlanta.

The teen made headlines in 2013 when he was rejected for a transplant over his juvenile record. Anthony Stokes, 17, gained national attention two years ago after Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta first rejected him as a heart transplant candidate after learning he had a juvenile record.

At the time, Stokes said he would do the right thing.

What he did Tuesday afternoon cost Stokes his life. Roswell police say the teen led police on a high speed chase that ended in a violent crash on Alpharetta Highway.

Police said Stokes’ crime spree started at perimeter mall with a carjacking. Then he drove to Alpine drive in North Fulton County and broke inside a house. A short time later, police spotted the stolen car and chased the teen up Alpharetta Highway near Hembree Road.

Two years ago stokes was given a second chance at life when doctors gave him a new heart. “I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to live,” said Stokes.

But Stokes died from his injuries after going on a day-long crime spree.

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