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People mourn East Albany murder victim

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –People in an East Albany community are stunned by the vicious overnight murder of a well known man in the neighborhood.  They can't understand why anyone would kill him.

They say if you've driven down East Broad Avenue, you've probably seen Frankie Carr pushing a grocery cart full of cans.

Early this morning someone beat Carr to death beside that road.

The District Attorney says the murder shows why he wants to expand the surveillance camera system throughout Albany.

It's a gruesome murder that has people very angry in East Albany. About 2 AM a motorist in the 400 block of East Broad saw a black man beating 54 year old Frankie Carr with what appeared to be a pipe. About a half hour later Carr died at the hospital. People who knew Carr say it's a senseless crime.

Frankie Carr's murder was what everybody at Singleton's Auto Repair was talking about, because everyone knew him and liked him.

Tim Ingram said " Everybody who know him, they always say he is a good man. Never bother nobody. He asked something from somebody, they give it to him."

Willie Mae Hunt said Carr would always speak when he pushed his cart full of cans past her house, and can't understand why anyone would kill him.

Hunt said "I would have no idea. Because he was the friendliest somebody I have ever known. He always spoke."

District Attorney Greg Edwards said Albany Police are investigating a potential suspect. Edwards said "there is not a real clear reason. It may have been a situation where it might have been an attempted robbery. There is some indication of that."

And the D.A. says this murder shows why he is trying to expand the surveillance camera system throughout the city.

Edwards said "This is the type of situation that happened out in the open, where if we had the available surveillance type equipment, we probably would have a clear picture of what happened."

Edwards is preparing to apply for state and federal grants to help pay for security cameras in troubled areas, and hopes that neighborhood watches will put up additional equipment and even help monitor them.

Edwards said "This is something that I think we should use technology in the future to help our security."

Hunt said she would welcome security cameras on her street. Ingram said he hopes Police catch the person who killed Frankie Carr soon.

Ingram said "Only thing I can say, for whoever did it, this needs to be brought to justice. It's not right, man."

A community shocked by the brutal murder of a well known and like man, who had no money a death they say is just senseless.

I talked with members of Frankie Carr's family. They had no pictures of him they could share with us, and declined to talk with us on camera. They said they were stunned, mourning his death.

This is the 8th homicide of the year in Albany. If you have any information about this murder, you could earn a reward. Call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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