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Neighbor reacts to Adel murder

Yolanda Scruggs Yolanda Scruggs
Audie Rowe Audie Rowe
ADEL, GA (WALB) - "I was in my bedroom and I heard three gunshots, like 'pow, pow, pow,'" said Yolanda Scruggs, the neighbor who called 911 Tuesday night after 25 year-old Edward James Ferguson was shot and killed, and his brother, 18 year-old Anthony Hill, was shot and wounded at the housing complex where she lives.

Scruggs said she knew the victims well. She called this murder a cruel act and said she's both sad and scared that someone would do this so close to her home.

"Then, I got up and went in my daughter's room to check on her," Scruggs said, explaining what she did next after hearing the gunshots. Once she made sure her daughter was safe, she went outside to see what was going on.

"When I came to the front door, my cousin was at this end right here and she was like, 'somebody got shot! They down there, they down there!" Scruggs then quickly called 911.

"Upon arrival, officers located Edward James Ferguson, of Adel, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound," said Adel Police Major Audie Rowe. "Officers preformed life saving maneuvers on Mr. Ferguson, who was transported to Cook Medical center by EMS where he passed away a short time later."

But he was not the only victim. Ferguson's younger brother, 18 year-old Anthony Hill, was also shot.

"He was runnin' to go get help, sayin' 'my brother, they shot my brother! Help me, help me!'," Scruggs recalled.

Hill was transported to South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta to receive treatment, but was transported to another hospital as soon as he arrived and South Georgia Medical Center would not say Friday afternoon where he was transferred to.

Scruggs said Ferguson and Hill were both well liked among the residents at the housing complex. "34 nor his brother, neither one bothered with anybody. They would come through, they would dance. My niece and my baby would dance with him," said Scruggs.

Scruggs said she appreciates the response of Adel Police Sergeant Paul Turner, who was the first on the scene and immediately began trying to save Ferguson's life and she is praying for Ferguson's family as they go through this difficult time.

Adel Police and the GBI are still investigating leads, but as of Friday afternoon no suspects and no motive have been determined. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Adel Police Department at 229-896-2224 or the GBI office in Douglas at 912-389-4103.

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