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New memorial built for Colquitt Co. murder victims

A memorial now stands where five best friends were shot to death in Colquitt County in May. (Source: WALB) A memorial now stands where five best friends were shot to death in Colquitt County in May. (Source: WALB)
A man, overcome with emotion, built a cross in memory of Alicia Norman, Jonathan Edwards, Jones Pidcock, Reid Williams and Jordan Croft. (Source: WALB) A man, overcome with emotion, built a cross in memory of Alicia Norman, Jonathan Edwards, Jones Pidcock, Reid Williams and Jordan Croft. (Source: WALB)
It's been almost two months since these five best friends were shot and killed in their home on Rossman Dairy Road. (Source: WALB) It's been almost two months since these five best friends were shot and killed in their home on Rossman Dairy Road. (Source: WALB)
The demolition only took two days. But what was a place of horror and sadness, is now turning into a place of love and faith. (Source: WALB) The demolition only took two days. But what was a place of horror and sadness, is now turning into a place of love and faith. (Source: WALB)
Wes Smith was hired to demolish what was left of the burned house. (Source: WALB) Wes Smith was hired to demolish what was left of the burned house. (Source: WALB)
COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) -

A memorial now stands where five best friends were shot to death in Colquitt County in May.

A man, overcome with emotion, built a cross in memory of Alicia Norman, Jonathan Edwards, Jones Pidcock, Reid Williams and Jordan Croft.

It's been almost two months since these five best friends were shot and killed in their home on Rossman Dairy Road. 

Wes Smith was hired to demolish what was left of the burned house. 

He said he didn't build this memorial for any recognition. 

The demolition only took two days. But what was a place of horror and sadness, is now turning into a place of love and faith. 

"It's an everyday struggle when you lose somebody," said Smith.

Smith said he didn't know the five young adults who were killed inside the home on May 15th.

But when he was hired to demolish what was left of the house, he like everyone else in the community, was overcome with sadness.

"I wanted to leave something behind to remember them by. I didn't want to come here and clean something and not have them in mind as well," said Smith.

Smith said family members and friends came by the home on the days he was out here, prompting him to build the plaque. 

"I did it for them and the families to let them know that I do think about them daily and they will be in my prayers. I hope that this can be used for something good for them," he said.

It's a tragedy that shook the county, but Smith hopes this memorial will provide some sort of comfort with so many questions left unanswered. 

Jeffrey Peacock remains in jail charged with shooting those five friends. All were between the ages of 19 and 22.

Investigators said Peacock set the home on fire to cover up the evidence.

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