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Sixth victim dies in attack on Hispanics

October 4, 2005

Tifton - A sixth person has died in the attacks that killed five other immigrant workers in south Georgia.

Last Friday, two men shot and beat 11 people in home invasion robberies in four separate mobile home parks. The six were killed in Tift County. Three others in Tift County were wounded and two were wounded in Colquitt County.

Top officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation briefed the consul general of Mexico today on the status of the search for the killers.

GBI Director Vernon Keenan says Consul General Remedios Gomez-Arnau asked "Some hard questions about why something like this happens."

He says she talked about the fear in the Hispanic community because of the killings on Friday in four mobile home parks. Keenan says he told her that the case is "An absolute priority for the state of Georgia."

He says the state, federal governement and local governments are devoting significant resources to the investigation. Keenan says Hispanics are targets for such attacks because they often carry large sums of money.

He noted there had been about 20 home-invasion robberies in Cook, Colquitt and Tift counties within the last three months.

None has been as violent as the latest attacks. Keenan says authorities believe an armed robbery gang has been operating in the area and may be responsible for the earlier series of home invasions.

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