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GBI: Killings were execution style

November 9, 2004

Colquitt County-- The 9-1-1 call came in around 3:00 Monday from a twelve year old girl. By the time the girl found her dead relatives, the killers were more than likely long gone. Investigators believe the shooting happened five hours earlier.


The 9-1-1 tape is of a 12-year-old boy, Luciana, who had just returned home from school at about 3:00, to find his aunt and uncle lying in a puddle of blood.


Here is part of the tape--

Operator: "Had they been stabbed with a knife, or shot with a gun?"

Luciana: "It looks like a gun."

Operator: "Did you see a gun in there anywhere?

Luciana: "Uh-Uh."

Operator: "Do you know if your uncle or aunt was breathing, honey?"

Luciana: "Yes ma'am."

Operator: "They were breathing?"

Luciana: "Yes ma'am."

Operator: "OK, Luciana, you're doing a good job. I want you to stay on the phone with me, and we're sending an ambulance, and we're sending police over there and we're going to help your aunt and uncle. But right now, I just need you to stay calm and calm the other kids down, OK?"

Luciana: "Yes ma'am."


At first the 9-1-1 operator thought the husband and wife had shot themselves, but later found out that two other adults and a toddler were found shot and killed.


The normally quiet neighborhood is shaken by the murders. "It's kind of scary, you know, because we don't know who did it, or who they are, or what else might happen," said neighbor Betty Gaines.


What already happened was disturbing enough. "It was very upsetting to me," said neighbor Candace Truelove. "Because I have two little boys."

Three-year-old Juan Carlos Recendez, his parents, Tina and Jaime Recendez, and the boy's grandmother Betty Watts, and a house-keeper were all shot and killed.

"The murder scene has all indications of an execution-type murder," said GBI Director Vernon Keenan. The mother and the housekeeper were tied up. "It appeared to be a very deliberate series of killings," said Keenan.


The parents were found face down in the hallway, head to head. The grandmother in the bathroom, and the bound housekeeper in the living room.

It took some time to find the little boy, whose body was covered up. "In a standing position, between the mattress and the headboard, facing the wall," Keenan said. Investigators believe the father tried to save the child by hiding him.

The white pickup truck that was the focus of attention earlier has now been eliminated as a point of interest in this case.
The investigation is back to square one.


Call the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office if you have any information.

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