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Convenience store murder case goes cold

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The investigation into the cold-blooded murder of a young Guatemalan convenience store clerk appears to have gone cold.

Three weeks after the crime, Albany Police have not arrested anyone. Officers continue to urge the Hispanic community to keep a look out in their neighborhoods and let police know of anything suspicious.

Hispanic community advocates urge people they work with to call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436- 8477. The anonymous TIP line is also offered in Spanish.

 Two armed robbers rushed into the Miscelanea Guate-Mex convenience store December 18th. They shot and killed 19-year old Sentos Vicente.

Police say they have few leads in the case. Pastor Ana Moored Thomas at Jesus Lion of Judah International Ministries encourages her congregation to be open with police for their own protection.

"They feel intimidated to call police because they're afraid they will ask for documentation," said Pastor Ana Moored Thomas. "The police are there to help and protect them from the crime."

Albany Police say they continue to patrol Hispanic neighborhoods and encourage people to contact police.  Juan Jofre, who operates a Spanish service agency, speaks to neighbors in the Hispanic community everyday who say the criminals will find a way to target them one way or another.

"They want to do something about protecting the Spanish community but the bad guys know when to hit," said Jofre. "These people are terribly dangerous and they have less feelings than a dinosaur."

Jofre and Thomas say most Hispanics are hard workers who help farmers grow and harvest their crops. They have no intention of harming anyone. Thomas says she plans to meet with members of the church, community, and police force to implement more strategies to reduce crime against Hispanics.

Police released a brief portion of the surveillance video shortly after that murder. We've repeatedly asked for a longer portion to help identify the killers, but the department has not yet given us that video. Investigators would not talk about the case Thursday.


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