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Community stunned by mid-day murder

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Friends and family of a Moultrie shooting victim are shaken after her death at a local park during the middle of the day. GBI agents say 33-year old Fatisha Clark was gunned down at Ryce Community Center at 4:25 Sunday afternoon.

Authorities are still interviewing witnesses and processing evidence, but friends are begging for people with information to come forward.

Clark’s loved ones are grieving her loss. “This is just something that has torn me to the core,” said family member Rosie Thornton.

Friends of Clark call her killing senseless and tragic. “She was just a very sweet person. She would do anything for anybody,” said Thornton. “When I got a call saying she had got shot, I didn't know what to do. I couldn't even do anything or say anything.”

Police called this killing another example of unnecessary violence. They’re asking for the community’s help in solving and curbing crimes like this.

“What we’re asking is for the community to come together and stop this. Work with us to solve these crimes as opposed to taking things into your own hands and resulting in anybody else getting hurt,” said Deputy Chief Rob Rodriguez with the Moultrie Police Department.

Thornton wants witnesses coming forward. “When I got a call saying she had got shot, I didn't know what to do. I couldn't even do anything or say anything,” said Thornton.

A pastor at nearby Live Oak Missionary Baptist echoes Thornton’s thoughts.

His congregation had just left for the day when shots rang out. “Life is precious, and we need to take that very seriously and know that we should value the essence of life,” said Greene.

He hopes he and other pastors can continue to make an impact and eventually end senseless violence like this. “Lives matter, and we can’t give life and nor should we be able to take a life,” said Greene.

Thornton said Clark is survived by three children. “She’s going to miss her daughters’ prom and graduation. She won’t be able to see none of that because of something so senseless,” said Thornton.

Investigators have not said anything about a motive. It’s also unclear if Clark was even the intended victim of the shooter or shooters.

The GBI issued this news release on the case-

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Moultrie Police Department with a shooting investigation that occurred Sunday afternoon on March 6, 2016.

At approximately 4:25 p.m., the Moultrie Police Department (MPD) responded to a reported shooting at the Ryce Community Center, located at 307 7th St. N.W. in Moultrie.  Upon arrival, officers discovered that Fatisha Annette Clark, age 33, had been shot in the abdomen.  Clark was at the community center with her family. 

Clark was transported to a local medical facility where she later died of her wound.  An autopsy will be performed by the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Macon, Georgia.

Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and processing evidence.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Moultrie Police Department at 229-890-5449 or the GBI office in Thomasville at 229-225-4090.

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