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Dairy worker shot and killed in Brooks County

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

Brooks County, GA (WALB) -

A Dairy worker was shot and killed in a home invasion in Brooks County.

62-year old Alberto Lemus moved from Honduras to South Georgia six years ago. 

Now, he'll be sent back to Honduras for burial as police try to figure out who killed him and why.

Lemus was shot to death in his home at 2950 Monument Church Road northeast of Quitman Saturday night. Deputies say it was a single gunshot to his chest.

"It was Saturday night when one of the guys came and knocked on the door," said Jonathan Paz. "He was kind of crazy and he started saying that someone killed Alberto Lemus."

Paz said he then called his boss, contacted another neighbor to confirm and then called 911. He said he went into home, with deputies, and saw his friend dead on the bathroom floor. He was employed at the Brooks County Dairy. His coworkers say he was a good man and a hardworker.

Paz worked with Lemus at the Dairy. He remembers being a child and working on Lemus's coffee plantation in Canaveral, Honduras.

"We are from the same town in Honduras," said Paz. "It's a small town we grew up together. He was a good guy. He never had a problem with anybody."

Paz says Lemus moved here for a better opportunity.

"It's always like the dream you know, the American dream," added Paz. "To come over here and work and make some money."

Lemus's roommate was also injured in the invasion but was treated for minor injuries. Police have not released any information about possible suspects in the murder.

Investigators have not announced any arrests, but they called a news conference for Wednesday to discuss the case. Funeral services for Lemus will be tonight at Maxwell-Miller Funeral Home.  His body will be returned for burial near his home in Honduras.


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