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TPD hope to raise reward money in murder case

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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) – It's been nearly a month since a man was murdered in a quiet Thomasville apartment complex filled mainly with elderly and disabled residents.

Police still have no suspects in the murder of Kenneth Mickens who was shot to death in his apartment at the Providence Plaza complex.

Now, they're raising money to increase the reward in the case.

One thousand dollars. As it stands, that's how much a person would get if they give police information that leads to a conviction in this man's murderer.

Neighbors say 44-year old Kenneth Mickens didn't have any enemies. His murder shocked people in the quiet Providence Plaza community.

"He was a good person," says Carolyn Stalvey. "And he certainly didn't deserve what he got."

Despite increased patrols and a safety meeting put on by Thomasville Police, the residents here say they still don't feel safe with a killer on the loose.

"Everybody here is on edge about it," Stalvey continued. "And it's a really terrible feeling to have to watch every single move you make and every person that you encounter."

"Sometimes I come home and wonder if someone is waiting out there and wanting to hurt me," says a worried resident, Sheaka Ritz.

Now Thomasville Police are soliciting donations to increase the reward money in this case. They say the $1,000 reward offered by Crimestoppers has only generated a few rumor mill-type leads.

But Mickens' neighbors have mixed feelings about reward money.

"They shouldn't have to be tempted by money," Stalvey says. "I think any honest person who's concerned about somebody's life and about their family having to live without him now, they should come forward. They should come forward just as a matter of decency if nothing else."

Ritz adds, "I feel like if they haven't come forward yet, they ain't gonna come forward."

But the Providence Plaza family is holding out hope that an increase in reward money will motivate anyone with information.

"If someone came forward I would be glad," says Ritz. "I'd be so relaxed. I wouldn't be worried about who did that because the person would be caught and I'd feel safer here."

And with a killer behind bars, people in this community can move on with their lives.

Thomasville Police hope to increase the reward to $5,000.

If you'd like to donate money or give an anonymous tip in this case, call the Thomasville Police Criminal Investigations Division at (229) 227-3302.

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