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Douglas residents demand action from police department

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Some of the residents in front of the Stop N Shop in Douglas Tuesday, demanding action from the Police Department Some of the residents in front of the Stop N Shop in Douglas Tuesday, demanding action from the Police Department
One of the shirts worn by a participant with a photo of 21-year-old Daquavious Tyree Dovonta Reed, who was recently murdered. One of the shirts worn by a participant with a photo of 21-year-old Daquavious Tyree Dovonta Reed, who was recently murdered.
Gladys Williams, Victim's Grandmother Gladys Williams, Victim's Grandmother
Chief Gary Casteloes, Douglas Police Department Chief Gary Casteloes, Douglas Police Department
Det. Sgt. Robert Sprinkle, Douglas Police Department Det. Sgt. Robert Sprinkle, Douglas Police Department
DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

Some people in Douglas said the city's police department isn't doing enough to close unsolved murders.  Tuesday, victims' relatives rallied for justice.

The police chief said investigators are working hard to solve one recent murder and six cold cases.

Those families were joined by a county commissioner, a minister, and the NAACP in calling for action from police.  They said unanswered questions leave holes in many still mourning losses. 

The group standing outside the Stop and Shop in Douglas is linked through the pain of loss.

"The picture of this shirt right here is my daughter.  Her name is Sheila...Sheila Williams.  My daughter was killed in 1997," said Betty Odom, Victim's Mother.

"I want to speak on behalf of my mother Sandra Robinson.  She was murdered in 2010 at the," said Trey Robinson, Victim's Son. 

Some wore shirts of a more recent victim, 21-year-old Daquavious Tyree Dovonta Reed, who was killed a few weeks ago.

"I laugh to keep from crying.  It hurts.  Nobody knows that empty spot.  Nobody wants to bury a child," said Gladys Williams, Victim's Grandmother.

Williams, Robinson and Odom are just a few of the faces left behind from violent crimes that remain unsolved.   And they say the Douglas Police Department isn't doing enough to find the killers.

"We are actively pursuing every case.  I mean, our criminal investigations are working multiple cases.  Unfortunately, people don't see the cases they do solve, they're just worried about their case," said Chief Gary Casteloes, Douglas Police Department. 

But some residents said the unsolved murders have them scared for their own lives.

"This is a very safe community compared to other areas.  We have our problems like anywhere, but we try to perform on a high level of service to the community," said Chief Casteloes. 

But not everyone is convinced.

"I don't even want to go to the store or nothin', because I don't want to hear or find out of people asking me what are they doin'?  They're doing nothing," said Williams. 

Investigators said they can only give out limited information while working on a case...which can make it appear as though no progress is being made.

"In the past there's been an issue of trust between the public and the police department and other law enforcement agencies here.  I feel like we're moving past that.  The last couple of homicides we've worked, there's been a constant flow of information back and forth," said Det. Sgt. Robert Sprinkle, Douglas Police Department. 

And that information is key to tracking down killers and finally giving the families some peace.

The Douglas Police Chief said his officers go through continual homicide investigations training that should help them solve some of those crimes.  Investigators said the key to closing those cases is tips from people who know what happened.  They encourage anyone with information to call the Douglas Police Department at (912) 384-2222, or 912-260-3600.  

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