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Fatal shooting suspect faces judge

Edwin Reaves, who is charged with the murder of an Albany barber faced a judge on Wednesday. (Source: WALB) Edwin Reaves, who is charged with the murder of an Albany barber faced a judge on Wednesday. (Source: WALB)
A small memorial remains on West Gordon Avenue, where McAllister was shot and killed.  (Source: WALB) A small memorial remains on West Gordon Avenue, where McAllister was shot and killed.  (Source: WALB)
Hassan McAllister (Source: Family) Hassan McAllister (Source: Family)
Craig "Spoonie" Goins (Source: WALB) Craig "Spoonie" Goins (Source: WALB)
Dougherty D.A. Greg Edwards (Source: WALB) Dougherty D.A. Greg Edwards (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Police have made an arrest in last month's murder of a well-known barber.

Hassan McAllister's friends said that they want justice in his murder, but are a bit surprised at who was arrested for his death.

On Wednesday morning, Edwin Reaves Jr., 28, made his first appearance before a Judge and was formerly charged with the murder of McAllister on July 17.  

Craig "Spoonie" Goins worked as a barber with McAllister for 20 years, and said his murder was senseless.

"One of the best friends I ever had. A great compadre," said Goins.

Albany Police in 2014 named Reaves one of their most wanted gang leaders, saying he was known on the street as "She She", and was a leader in the Black Mamba Rattlers.

Goins and McAllister both knew Reaves, and Goins doubts he would shoot McAllister.

"I really don't think he would. But I think he might know somebody who done it," explained Goins. "So hopefully justice be served by whoever, to get the party come forward."

The District Attorney said that police are seeking more suspects.

"This individual was one of a number of suspects that had been identified by the Police Department in the investigation into the death of Hassan McAllister," said Dougherty D.A. Greg Edwards.

A small memorial remains on West Gordon Avenue, where McAllister was shot and killed.  

"Albany and the community, Westside. All the friends on the Westside really want justice for him," explained Goins. "They still talk about this person. Hassan is truly missed."

Community tips helped lead police to Edwin Reaves, and police are asking for more as they try to bring justice for Hassan McAllister.

Reaves was arrested by police just a couple of blocks away on West Gordon from where McAllister was shot.

Anyone with information information about this murder is asked to call CrimeSTOPPERS at (229) 436-TIPS.

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