UPDATED: Murder Investigation In Washington, GA - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

UPDATED: Murder Investigation In Washington, GA

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Washington, GA - **Updated at 6:34 PM on June 1st, 2014**

Neighbors, friends, and family are shaken up by the second murder in Washington in five days.

"I say the devil is loose in Wilkes County," said Cynthia Lanier.

Cynthia Lanier said she got a phone call Sunday morning that her uncle, 67-year-old James Edwards, was shot to death.

"Real friendly, he was a real friendly guy, he liked to go out to bars, like to dance, like to have a good time, but he didn't bother anybody," said Lanier.

People in the small town of Washington are still dealing with the shock of a deadly shooting that happened Tuesday, the first murder in a decade, and now, a second homicide in the same week.

Authorities said they got a call just after 7:30 Sunday morning about a man who was found dead on a pathway off Williams Street.

"Right now, we have an idea of what may have taken place, but we can't say for sure until an autopsy is complete," said Pat Morgan with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Neighbors like Tammey Manago are puzzled by Edward's death.

"Man this is awful, back to back, living in Wilkes County, small town like this, somebody needs to be dealed about this," said Manago.

She said she knew Edwards as an outgoing man, and after these two murders, she is scared for the safety of her family.

"Why? Why are they doing this? What they doing it for? What they getting out of it by killing each other, for what? We should not live like this, we should be getting along, and love one another," said Manago.

**Updated at 4:06PM on June 1st, 2014**

The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office, the Washington Police Department, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating a homicide in Washington, Georgia.

Officers were dispatched to Williams Street
Sunday morning at 7:40 am. Officers located a deceased male there who has been identified as James Edwards, 67-years-old from Washington, GA. The case is currently being worked as a homicide investigation.

The body is being transported to the crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

If anyone has information please call the GBI or the Washington Police Department.


The Washington, Georgia Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating a murder.

WJBF News Channel 6 has learned it happened off Lexington Avenue and William Street in Washington.

This is the second violent crime in Washington in less than a week.
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