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Colquitt Co. man gunned down in back yard

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Investigators in Colquitt County are searching for the man who gunned down a Colquitt County man in his backyard.

Twenty-nine-year old Billy Hewitt died at Colquitt Regional Medical Center around 1:30 Friday morning.

Investigators still don't know much about what happened just after midnight, but they say someone opened fire on Hewitt behind his 29th Avenue Northwest home.

He ran to a neighbor's house for help before he collapsed. Neighbors and friends say Hewitt never caused any problems. He was a hard worker who lived alone and they don't know why someone would gun him down in his own yard.

Washing down the Williams porch will be much easier than washing away the memories of last night. The blood stains down their back door a horrific reminder.

"I heard some glass shattering, so I went to go investigate and I'd seen, actually I didn't see a person I saw the stick still hitting the shattered glass and so I woke the house up said someone is trying to break in call the police," said Covie Williams, the neighbor.

On their porch, not a robber, but their neighbor 29 year old Billy Hewitt. He'd been shot in his yard and run across 29th Avenue for help.

"It appears he was shot, he has a couple of wounds that would suggest he was shot, he came over and told the neighbors he'd been shot as well," said GBI-Thomasville Special Agent in Charge Steven Turner.

An emotional roller coaster for the Williams.

"To go from thinking somebody was breaking in to your house to someone actually really needing you help I mean it changed even the adrenaline level I mean I was still in shock," said Williams.

Investigators Friday secured the home where Hewitt lived after breaking down the door.

"We'd gotten information that maybe someone else might have been in the house because there was another car here at the residence, we wanted to make sure someone wasn't in there maybe had been shot and injured, but there was no one else at home," said Turner.

Williams says Hewitt couldn't tell the responding officer much before being transported to the hospital.

"They were trying to question him to see who did it, but he just said he didn't know who did it," said Williams.

They say their neighbor was a quiet man who worked for National Beef.

"I'd never known him to be anything, a pretty lovable guy, everybody who knows him, I feel would have pretty positive things to say about him," said Williams.

They hope investigators catch his killer quickly making their street and back yards a safe place again.

This crime happened near a dead end, which means at midnight there wasn't much traffic, but Investigators are encouraging anyone who might have seen something or has information on the crime to contact the GBI or Colquitt County Sheriff's Office.

Hewitt's body has been sent to the crime lab for an autopsy.

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