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Airman takes life after throwing wife from balcony

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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) - What began as a domestic dispute quickly turned violent early Tuesday morning.

22 year old Jon Ganues, an Airman First Class at Moody Air Force Base, threw his 18 year old wife, Keaira Ganues, off of a third story balcony during a fight.  Soon after, Ganues claimed his own life.

It happened at the Northwind Apartments, just off Bemiss Road.

"From what I've heard from neighbors, there were noises last night," says Steven Stalvey, who lives on the second floor of the Ganues' building.  "A woman on the second floor heard a female screaming for help."

Keaira survived the thirty foot fall, and managed to crawl to a neighboring apartment for help.

Lowndes County Sheriffs arrived just after 3 AM, and evacuated the building.  All residents from Building 'F' were evacuated out to the pool area, where they waited--unaware of what was happening--for more than three hours.

Deputies attempted to make contact with Ganues for hours.

"We negotiated until approximately 8:00 this morning," says Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.  "Then, we sent a K-9 unit into the residence...still no response."

After gassing the apartment still brought no response, deputies entered the residence.  They found Ganues dead, shot in the head with an assault rifle.

Neighbors can't believe the horrific details.

"I mean, nothing like this has ever happened before," says Stalvey. 

Neighbors say Ganues, who would have deployed to Iraq this weekend, had always appeared happy and friendly.  They say they'd never expected him to harm his wife or himself.

Keaira Ganues is being treated at South Georgia Medical Center.  She broke both of her arms in the three-story fall, but she is expected to make a full recovery.

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