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Tville police increase reward in murder case


By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –Nearly three months after a Thomasville man was murdered in his home, police still have no suspects or a motive.

Now, they hope an increase in reward money will produce leads to catch Kenneth Mickens' killer.

Mickens was shot to death in his Providence Plaza apartment. The complex is filled mainly with elderly and disabled residents, including some who don't think reward money is helping this case.

As time passes, police say they don't want the public to forget about Kenneth Mickens' murder. But that's not a problem for Mickens' neighbors, who think about him every day.

"People are afraid these days. It could have been one of us," says Sheaka Rickz, a resident at Providence Plaza. "It bothers me a lot because you don't know if the killer is still out there and could kill somebody else. we love everybody out here. And they hurt us when someone dies."

A month after the murder, Thomasville Police began raising reward money for information leading to the conviction of Mickens's murderer.

Now, the reward has reached $4,000. And police are reminding people that it was the community's involvement that helped catch three murder suspects just a week ago in the shooting death of 15-year old Chris Crumbry as he walked home on Fletcher Street.

Some people in this neighborhood don't believe a reward would help police catch Mickens's killer. They believe anyone who might have information may be too afraid to come forward.

"Police ride down the road on Flectcher Street all the time. But nobody is over here most of the time. The police never come," Rickz explains. "That's why they're scared to talk. They think someone will come get them. Whoever it is. It could be a family member or friend but people are too scared because they know what they're capable of."

But neighbors are still hopeful that justice will be served, reward money or not.

"I hope they find the killer before they kill somebody else," Rickz says. "Whoever it is is riding free."

And they're hoping someone will come forward to put Mickens's killer behind bars before his case goes cold.

Authorities urge anyone with any information about the murder of Kenneth Mickens to call Thomasville Crime Stoppers at (229) 227-3305.

You can remain anonymous and you may get that four thousand dollar reward.

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