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Moultrie Police search for suspects in 18 year old's murder

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Moultrie Police are still looking for three men who shot and killed a teenager at his home Monday night.

Eighteen year old Juan Giron-Lopez was gunned down by three men wearing black hoodies. Neighbors say this isn't the first time this home has been targeted.

Monday night's violence on Joe Louis Avenue was the talk of this Moultrie neighborhood Tuesday. Felicia Lawson is angry that men she describes as kind were targeted.

"They bring a lot of vegetables, when they work in the vegetable, they give all the neighbors vegetables so, they used to keep us with vegetables," said Felicia Lawson, a neighbor.

This time 18 year old Juan Giron-Lopez was killed, but he and friends have been targeted before.

"There was an attempt on it before and it was reported to police," said Moultrie Police Cmdr. Alfonso Cook.

Neighbors say the violence is constant. Lawson has a two year old niece and 15 year old son. She says the violence keeps them prisoners in their own home.

"It's very scary, you try to get in and not come out, you're afraid to open your door, to answer your door when something like this is happening," said Lawson.

Just two months ago Adell Washington's car was shot and gunfire before has sent her scrambling with her cane.

"Shooting at each other and I'm sitting in the front yard and I couldn't do nothing but run behind a big old Pecan tree back there," said Adell Washington, a neighbor.

Moultrie Police have stepped up patrols but neighbors say the only time the streets are quiet is when police ride through. Investigators want anyone with information on the shooting to come forward.

"We have received some calls and we want people to continue if they know anything, just let us know," said Cook.

Neighbors just want their streets to be calm again, like they were when they moved in some 40 years ago. Information has been passed out to start a Neighborhood Watch Program.

Neighbors say they've got to do something to take back their streets. Police say Juan Giron-Lopez was shot in the left side. They think robbery was the motive, and they're looking to see if the shooters are gang members.


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