Homicide suspect surrenders, victim's co-workers react

Homicide suspect surrenders, victim's co-workers react
June Bugs Grocery Store. (Source: WALB)
June Bugs Grocery Store. (Source: WALB)
APD on the scene (Source: WALB)
APD on the scene (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Shortly after a fatal shooting off Oakridge Drive, Albany Police knew the identity of a suspect. Late Saturday night, they said that the man, Brandon Brown, had turned himself in to police.

Police found 26-year-old Michael Taylor shot at June Bug's Grocery store Friday night. He died shortly after.

The victim's co-workers said he was always willing to lend a hand. They believe that may have cost him his life.

"You know he said 'y'all sure are going to miss me tomorrow,'" said Misty Earnest, a co-worker of Taylor's, who did not to appear on camera.

Taylor took the day off from work Friday.

"Little did he know, that that would be really true, that it wouldn't be just tomorrow. It would be, ya know, forever now, " she said.

Police said Taylor was inside June Bugs Grocery store just after 7:30 Friday night.

Witnesses told investigators two men were fighting inside the store, and Taylor tried to break it up.

"I can definitely see him trying to help another person out, be a good Samaritan, it doesn't surprise me at all," she said.

That action was one of the last he would take. When police arrived, they found Taylor with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Earnest worked with Taylor at Brooks Furniture for three years.

"He was just a really good guy, I mean his demeanor, and his attitude, very respectful and positive," said Earnest.

She said his smile was contagious.

"I can still see it right now, and like I said everybody, that's how they described him, he always had a smile on his face."

Many of his co-workers took off work on Saturday, just hours after his death, saying it is too hard to picture working, without him.

"Way too young for something like this tragic to happen. He'll just be missed by everybody," said Earnest.

We spoke with a couple people who live in the area who tell us it's heartbreaking how young the victim and suspects are.

If you know anything that may help authorities, call Crime Stoppers at 229-436-TIPS.

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