2 suspects charged in fatal Cordele shooting, family speaks out

2 suspects charged in fatal Cordele shooting, family speaks out

CORDELE, Ga. (WALB) - Two people are facing charges after the victim from Tuesday’s shooting in Cordele succumbed to his injuries, according to the Cordele Police Department (CPD).

The shooting happened outside Stark’s Body Shop on South 7th Street around 4 p.m.

Jacquez Alexander, 24, of Cordele, died around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, CPD said.

Antonio Spears, 32, and Duwan Brown, 20, both of Cordele, are both facing multiple charges, police reported in a statement Wednesday.

CPD said Spears has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Brown is facing charges of aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, police said.

The shooting stemmed from an altercation between relatives, according to Capt. Andrew Roufs, CPD public information officer.

We spoke with some of the family of the victim on their reaction to this terrifying incident.

People in the community said Alexander was known as a hard worker.

Family members tell us they’re devastated it happened in their own family.

“We gone make it through this thing," owner and grandfather Micheal Stark said.

Micheal Stark owns the body shop. WALB News 10 spoke with Ronnie Stark ,who is Jacquez’s uncle, about his last memory of him.

“His nickname was Jock , he seemed to be a good young man who was trying to better himself. And he wasn’t no person out in the street. He was the type of person that worked. That young man loved to go to work everyday,” Ronnie said.

Micheal said his grandson was a kind individual who was just down on luck financially at the time.

“He was struggling because he had a hard time because he couldn’t get any help , he was a cancer patient and didn’t have any income,” Micheal said.

Michael said, at this moment he and his family are just not in a good place.

“Right now, we are grieving bad because we got one locked up in jail and one that passed; so it’s just hard right now," Micheal told us.

Stark said he wishes the shootings would stop and the community just come together for once.

“These young folks out here, we gone have to start praying and helping one another and show love. We need some love, ain’t enough love in world,” Michael explained,” Micheal said.

“This is a tragic loss of life and the family is deeply affected," Lewis Green, police chief, said. "Due to this is still a very active case, we will not be releasing any further information until formal charges are filed.”

Alexander’s grandfather told us he was almost through with Chemo therapy and that he and his family will just pray for better times.

CPD said it has requested the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

Anyone who may have further information about this incident is asked to contact the GBI Region 3 office at (229) 931-2439 or Cordele Police Department investigators at (229) 276-2921.

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