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Fifth victim named in quintuple homicide

November 12, 2004

Colquitt County- The crime scene tape may no longer be wrapped around the Tina and Jaime Resendez' Colquitt County home, but the reminders of the lives lost still remain.

Five days after the shootings, we now know the identity of the fifth victim, previously referred to as the housekeeper.

"She's been identified by a family member as Liliana Alegria Aguilar," says Sheriff Al Whittington.

The 30 year old had been staying with the Resendez' for two months. Prior to moving in with them, she had lived in Lumberton, North Carolina. Autopsies confirmed that the Resendez', their three year old son Juan, Tina Resendez' mother Betty Watts, and Aguilar all died from gunshot wounds.

Three died from multiple wounds and two from single shots to the head, but investigators have not said what type of gun was used in the execution style shootings.

"Director Keenan of the GBI has assured us that he will ask the crime lab here to expedite all matters that come before them regarding this case," says Whittington.

Sheriff Whittington says no drugs or large sums of money were found in the Resendez home. Still, authorities aren't ruling out the possibility of the slaying being drug-related because the couple had been arrested in Berrien County's largest drug bust last year.

Investigators are following close 50 leads generated from a number of phone calls and roadblock they set up earlier this week.

Three of the murder victims were laid to rest Friday. Under a dreary sky, pallbearers carried three caskets through the rain.

The funerals for 29 year old Tina Resendez, her three year old son Juan, and her 50 year old mother Betty Watts were held at a Colquitt County church. Nearly 100 people attended the services which lasted about 40 minutes.

Funerals have not yet been held for Aguilar or Jaime Resendez, whose body will be returned to Mexico.

Posted at 4:50 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com