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Officials seek community's help in solving Albany murder

Shooting victim, Justin King (Source: Facebook) Shooting victim, Justin King (Source: Facebook)
King's mother sent out a Facebook Post Sunday afternoon, saying she was worried. (Source: Facebook) King's mother sent out a Facebook Post Sunday afternoon, saying she was worried. (Source: Facebook)
Police say victim had been shot in the upper body (Source: WALB) Police say victim had been shot in the upper body (Source: WALB)
King's body was found near railroad tracks on Old Blaylock Ln. (Source: WALB) King's body was found near railroad tracks on Old Blaylock Ln. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Investigators are asking for the public's help to find the killer of a young Albany man, gunned down just two weeks before Christmas.

The body of Justin King, 24, was found late Sunday night near some East Albany railroad tracks.

The coroner said that he was shot a number of times in the chest. 

Law enforcement officials said there are a number of questions they are seeking answers for in the murder of King, and they hope the community can help them find the answers, along with his killer.

King's body was found just before 11 p.m. Sunday night near the railroad tracks, about 100 yards from East Broad Avenue near Old Blaylock.

"We found that he was shot multiple times. We have to document the injuries and see if we can find the bullets," said Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler.

Fowler said that an autopsy will be performed on Tuesday at the GBI Crime Lab, to try to determine how many times King was shot, and many other unanswered questions.  

But officials know King was shot at close enough range that bullets went through him.

"It means that somebody really wanted to shoot him, if he has multiple gunshots. It's no accident. Nothing other than a deliberate intention to bring the end of this person's life," explained Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards.

Another question, when did Justin King die?  

His mother sent out a Facebook Post Sunday afternoon, saying she was worried. Fowler said that he probably was already dead then.

"Maybe sometime Sunday morning. Sometime, maybe possible. But we don't exactly know because the weather sometime makes the body do different things," said Fowler. "When it's cool, sometimes rigor mortis set up different when it's hot."

Another question, Justin King was to go on trial for theft by taking, in the case of a stolen car in January 2014. The District Attorney said Investigators will look to see if that trial played any part in his death.

"I can't anticipate anything that would merit him being executed as he was," said Edwards. "So that's all we can ask is, number one, the community help us with information that they have."

Police said that right now they have no known witnesses or suspects, as they continue their investigation into the violent death of King.

King is the 14th homicide of the year in Albany.

Anyone with any information is asked to call CrimeSTOPPERS at (229) 436-TIPS where you can stay anonymous and earn a reward.

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