Friends of fire victims stunned as they wait for answers

Friends of fire victims stunned as they wait for answers
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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Family members of the five people found dead inside a Colquitt county house want answers they don't yet have, and they say they're desperate.

Multiple agencies were out investigating the scene of the house fire on Rossman Dairy Road, but have yet to release any new details about what they're looking for.

"I'm just really confused to be honest with you.  I don't know what to think or what to feel." Kenny Ashby grew up with his cousin Reid Williams in Moultrie. Today he saw the house where officials found the bodies of Reid and his four friends, Alicia Norman, John Edwards, Jones Pidcock, and Jordan Croft, for the first time.

"When I saw the house, whew, I don't really know.  Nothing but the roof.  That blew my mind," he said.

That feeling of shock is felt throughout the Colquitt County community, three days after the GBI was called to the home on Rossman Dairy Road.  

"I understand it even less. I'm like everybody else.  How do out of five people, not one of them get out of a house that's burning.  That's just unheard of," said Shelby Bush. "Just complete shock, disbelief.  I couldn't understand it."

GBI officials are still investigating, and is not commenting on a possible cause of the death at this time.

"I think something stopped him from getting out of the house. I think something stopped him from helping get everybody else out of the house, too," said Ashby.

But with so little known about what caused their deaths, there is one truth that is well known among the community. "It's just a real sad loss for everybody, everybody," said Shelby Bush.

Especially for those who were closest to the victims. "Who am I going to come home to and kick it with?" asked Ashby. "And joke with when I come back home? Nobody.  Nobody."

21-year-old Reid Williams will be laid to rest Thursday at Mt Sinai Cemetery.

Memorial services for Jordan Croft will be held Thursday at Lifespring Community Church.

Services for Jones Pidock will be held Friday at Ashburn Hill Plantation.

Alicia Norman's funeral will be Friday at Cobb Funeral Chapel.

Jonathan Edwards' service will be held Friday morning at Heritage Church.

Friends have organized a candle light vigil for the five victims.  It will begin at 6:30 at the ballparks behind the Walmart in Moultrie.

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