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Investigators won't say much about murders

October 3, 2005

Tifton-- Investigators continue to work the case, but won't say much about what they know. Investigators say they are using all their resources to try to find out who's behind three deadly home invasions in Tifton and Tift County.

But they remain tight-lipped about what they know. Now, residents say they want some answers to help ease their fears.

Maria Castillo and her family has lived in Tifton for more than 10 years. She lives just a few hundred feet from where two Hispanic men were killed. "We are a peaceful people. We didn't do any harm to anybody, and I don't see a reason why they're doing this to us," she says.

"Why, why did they do this, There's no sense. There's no sense," Maria says.

Like many residents in the area, she wonders if the attacks on the Hispanic community are over. "We don't know if it's going to continue like this, or if there's going to be any help," said Maria.

She and her family say they want some answers from law enforcers. "We are a little bit disappointed, because there's not been a state patrol or a sheriff, police go by here and check on it or nothing. I guess basically it's just like nothing happened," says Castillo.

Crime scene tape still surrounds two of the crime scenes. Vic Ball is the landlord at Town and Country mobile home park where two of the five men were found dead outside of the mobile home on lot 44. "Never had any problems like that. Good area to live in, and I don't think anybody's going to be looking at other areas to live do to this, but at the same time we're just curious to know. We think we know what it was about, the robbery, but as far as the killing that was just a shock," Ball says.

Ball says he too wants to know more about the investigation, but GBI agents would not release much. And even though over the weekend Colquitt County sheriff's officials say man was arrested, agents would not confirm it.

Asked if there been ay arrests in connection with this case, Special agent in charge Mike Lewis said, "I have no comment on that."

Lewis says his team of investigators are looking at a number people and following many leads. "Community help has been outstanding."

But it remains to be seen if any of that help has lead investigators to the people responsible for the killings. Investigators are still urging anyone with information to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Meanwhile, representatives from the Mexican Consulate are also putting pressure on investigators.

Dinorah Martin-Rayo is the Mexican vice-consul. She met with law enforcers Monday to try to work out a plan to get the remains of the men taken back to Mexico.

She also says she wants the families to be able to come to the United States on a humanitarian visa.

"These people come here, they don't make any trouble, they just come here to work, and how are we going to send all of these bodies back to Mexico to their families, so that's why I'm here," said Martin-Rayo. "We really want to establish who did it, why and we want correct answers from the authorities."

Mexican consulate officials say they have visited some of the victims in the hospitals, and doctors say at least one of the men in critical condition may not survive.


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