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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

December 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As the finals days of 2008 wind down, detectives with the Albany Police are investigating the city's latest homicide. The December 27 shooting death of Unterio Murray is the eleventh homicide reported in Albany in 2008.

The victims have ranged from a 3-year-old little boy to a 67-year-old woman. But the majority of those who lost their lives to violent crimes throughout 2008 were young men under the age of 30. As we look at each homicide case this year, the killers in 4 cases remain at large.  

The city's first homicide of the year came just eleven days into 2008 when Antwon Luke, 15, was murdered in a gang-related shooting. Two teenagers have been indicted in the case.

It was four days later on January 15th when 52-year-old John Barbre was found severely beaten outside an East Albany library. Barbre would later die from his injuries. So far, 20-year-old Marquis Kentrell Barney has been charged in what is still an ongoing investigation. 

The Valentine's Day murder of 24-year-old Cleveland Carter marked the city's third homicide of the year. Police say 21-year-old Yolanda Shakilla Cleveland and 30-year-old Neil Adam Smith gunned down Carter on Magnolia Street. Both suspects remain on the run.

Gunfire also claimed the life of 28-year-old Manuel Montanes. He was shot to death March 7th during what investigators believe was a botched robbery. Police arrested accused triggerman 19-year-old Jarvis Yarn after he spent on month of the run.

No suspects have been named and no arrests made in the murder of Susie Hollingsworth. The 67-year-old was found dead inside her home North Mock Road on April 30. Initial autopsy reports indicated she received blunt force trauma to the head.

Albany's seventh and youngest murder victim, 3-year-old Shondarius Roney, died May 2 after he was brutally beaten inside a home on South Jackson Street. Police arrested his mother's 18-year-old boyfriend, Vincent Soilberry, who has since been indicted on murder charges.

Edward William Bell, Jr., one of three teenaged murder victims in 2008, was shot in the chest and killed July 23. Police arrested and charged his 17-year-old cousin with the crime.

Authorities are still searching for the suspect in the shooting death of former Albany State Basketball player Ricardo McPherson. The 25-year-old was gunned down inside his apartment on Gillionville Road September 16th.

Former Dougherty County Jailer Allen Wade Robinson, Jr. was arrested and charged in the November 5th murder of his ex-girlfriend 30-year-old Roshanda Dowell. Dowell was slashed and stabbed to death outside an East Albany shopping center.

A motive is still unclear in the December 7 murder of 18-year-old Scott Hutzell. Police say he was shot to death inside a Piggly Wiggly by 28-year-old Tommy Lamar Jr, who later turned the gun on himself.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of murder suspects or unsolved cases is asked to contact the Albany Police Department of CrimeStoppers at 229-436-TIPS.

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