GBI investigating Quitman homicide

GBI investigating Quitman homicide
The downtown alleyway on South Culpepper Street in Quitman where Jasmine Daivis' body was found (Source: WALB)
The downtown alleyway on South Culpepper Street in Quitman where Jasmine Daivis' body was found (Source: WALB)
Georgia Bureau of Investigations surveying the area where Jasmine Davis was found Sunday night. (Source: WALB)
Georgia Bureau of Investigations surveying the area where Jasmine Davis was found Sunday night. (Source: WALB)

QUITMAN, GA (WALB) - A Quitman man was found shot in an alleyway late Sunday night, leaving the community stunned.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested to assist the Quitman Police Department with the homicide of Jasmine Davis, 29.

Typically a quiet road has been filled with cars, as people drive by trying to see what happened or at least where it happened.

GBI Region 9 Special Agent Jamy Steinberg said when EMS arrived to the scene they took Davis to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Now, most are in complete disbelief after learning state officials ruled Davis' death a homicide.

"Wow. I was just amazed, not anything like this ever happens in our little town," said Learel Chisholm, Quitman resident.

Davis' body was taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Macon for an autopsy.

Officials said a person discovered Davis shot in a downtown alleyway on South Culpepper Street in Quitman late Sunday night.

Chisholm, who works on Culpepper Street, said she doesn't feel as safe after learning what happened.

"I have rental property downtown, and I come through here pretty much okay, and you never see anybody, and that's why we're so surprised that this happened," said Chisholm.

Though this part of town is typically safe, Chisholm said she never goes out at night, because you never know what may happen.

"If that happened right down here, there's no telling what may happen elsewhere. So, yes it makes me be on the lookout," said Chisholm.

Investigators worked all through the night and up until mid-afternoon gathering evidence from the area and conducting interviews.

Steinberg said these types of cases are always difficult, and the tragedies can become emotionally taxing.

"This is always going to be somebody's loved one or family member. And you know, we're human beings too, and it takes a toll on us because it's sad to see that people can't discuss things or work it out; that they have to resort to violence. And you know lives are taken, and lives are shattered," said Steinberg.

State and local officials have been interviewing witnesses in the area Monday.

Steinberg said information they've received has led them into other counties.

"We use lights and stuff during the night, but sometimes we like to wait until daylight just so you can see things better. We're just going back over the scene to make sure there isn't anything that we missed," said Steinberg.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Quitman Police Department 229-263-7556 or GBI Thomasville Office at 229-225-4090.
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