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Police say they know who killed clerk

20-year-old Daymon Heard is 5' 11" and 170 pounds 20-year-old Daymon Heard is 5' 11" and 170 pounds

By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

July 31, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Police identify the suspect in the murder of a Lake Park convenience store clerk. Investigators say 20-year-old Daymon Heard walked into the Triangle Foods on Highway 41 in Lake Park late Thursday afternoon, pulled a gun, and fired at least four shots at the clerk.

The clerk is identified as 48-year-old Jay Patel. Police say Heard, who did not wear a mask, took money from the register and left. A few seconds later he came back, went around the counter, and stepped over Patel's body to grab cigarettes.

A customer walked in 15 minutes later and called 911. Patel died at South Georgia Medical Center. Investigators say the brutal and senseless murder was caught on store surveillance cameras, but they are not releasing that video, saying it is essential to their investigation.

Heard is also wanted for a nearby burglary that occurred earlier in the day. He had been staying in Lake Park at a house near the convenience store.

"He was very bold, very calm. Calm, cool and collected," said Lowndes County Sheriff's Capt. J. D. Yeager. "He walked in, put a Pepsi on the counter, pulled a gun from his pants and shot the man. The clerk did absolutely nothing. He held his hands up and he was shot for no reason. This was senseless. It was absolutely senseless."

Law enforcers from Lowndes County, Lake Park, Remerton, and Valdosta were out all night looking for the gunman.

Heard is 5' 11" and 170 pounds. He was wearing shorts and a dark shirt.

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