Entrekin's truck seen in a police video (Source: Conyers Police Department)
(Source: Conyers Police Department)
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office says an Early County man whose body was discovered near Turner Field in Atlanta died after he was shot multiple times in the stomach.
Officials said Thomas Entrekin, 54, drove up to East Point in his pickup truck in January to pick up a load of tile, but disappeared.
It was three weeks until he was reported missing. His body was found near Turner Field on February 5.
Since then, the GBI arrested and charged 27-year-old Darrian Mathew McDaniel with murder, aggravated assault, and armed robbery in the death of the Early County native.
Family and friends are still in shock.
"All of us friends and close family are shocked. Most are devastated. We just can't believe, and nobody ever thinks this would happen to them, or friends. Nobody expects that, and nobody expected it to be Tommy," said Will Humphrey, a close friend of Entrekin.
In February, police in Conyers discovered his truck was used in a home invasion.
Early County deputies, Conyers Police, Atlanta Police and GBI agents have worked together on the case.
Investigators are still trying to identify a woman seen in surveillance footage who attempted to use Entrekin's credit cards.
McDaniel, and another suspect in a home invasion, Demitric Lawson and a juvenile, were taken into custody after leading police in Conyers on a chase.
And he's grateful to law enforcement who never gave up on the case.
"You know these cases and these instances that you always hear about people disappearing and getting hurt. I'm glad that police in all three counties were incredible. And the GBI keep on with it. They didn't let it just disappear. They kept on till they found him, and that's whats important to us."
Both of his brothers will be in Blakely for Entrekin's funeral.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. at Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely. There will also be a memorial for Entrekin in Atlanta on March 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Akins Park, where he worked as a teenager.