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Neighbors, family members react to Baker Avenue murder

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - "Never expect anything like this to happen. Could not have seen it."

That's reaction from people in a central Albany neighborhood--shocked by a weekend murder. David Thomas was killed Saturday morning in his home on Baker Avenue.

Family members and neighbors said he was an outgoing and well-liked person. People who live there can't believe this happened so close to them, signs like a "Watch For Children" one show that people are always out and about in the area.

Family members and carpet crews spent Monday cleaning out a house on Baker Avenue where 31-year old David Thomas was shot to death over the weekend.

"My brother was a people person. He was the life of the party at all times. He was well liked and loved by everybody that he came in contact with," said sister Cecilia Jenkins.

Thomas is described as a music enthusiast, currently taking guitar lessons and getting ready to produce albums for several different artists.

"It's going to be really hard on a lot of people because he was, ya know, making a lot of things happen for a lot of people," said Jenkins.

Neighbors are equally surprised that this violent crime happened on their quiet street.

"He was a very sweet man, very helpful. people liked him, and it's very sad what has happened," said neighbor Madeline Dill.

"Once I got in and seen it had happened, I was shocked. Like wow," said Jimmy Wiggins.

Several surveillance cameras line the outside of the home, and Jenkins said cameras are inside as well, but police have not said if they helped in their investigation.

28-year old Tiffley Malone is in jail charged with killing him, but police haven't talked about a motive.

"No one knew her, not, know anything about them being... Having any dealings with each other," said Jenkins.

She says this arrest has helped over the last few days.

"It won't bring him back, but I feel a whole lot better," said Jenkins.

Jenkins is planning a candlelight vigil to remember her brother; we will have those details on WALB.com when they're finalized.

Police are also investigating another woman-on-man homicide in East Albany. 38-year old Reco Moore was killed Sunday morning on Wingate Avenue.

29-year old Sophilia Willis was arrested and charged with murder. Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards won't confirm whether either murder was a result of domestic violence but says the crimes are alarming.

"The bottom line is that we will investigate the case to the fullest extent required to make sure that whatever is appropriate--charges and the resolution of the case--will be followed up on, and that's the mission right now," said Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards. 

Edwards said both victims and suspects know each other.

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