63-year-old Military veteran gunned down in Thomson

63-year-old Military veteran gunned down in Thomson

THOMSON, Ga. (WFXG) - Some lifelong residents who woke up to the news of this latest homicide say the crime needs to stop. Investigators combed for clues around Dead Man’s Curve in Thomson hours after Charles Willingham was shot to death.

“He would give you his shirt off his back. He never bothered anyone and they killed him just like that,” said Linda Few, the victim’s cousin.

The 63-year-old’s cousin said she enjoyed cookouts with him - and last saw him just a month ago.

She told FOX 54′s Jasmine Anderson several of her family members, including 17-year-old Daekwon Hines, are murder victims.

“You kill an innocent man, you’re a coward, all y’all are cowards. Howyou gonna kill a man that ain’t even got nothing and rob him? He ain’t got nothing to rob!,” Few said.

Residents say the crime rate is getting worse here.

Detra Jones’ mother-in-law lives next to where Willingham was found dead. She rushed over to check on her after hearing about the shooting.

“Kids ain’t being raised no more. It’s like the street’s raising these kids. So much happening and all the shooting and the violence. It’s just too much," Jones said.

She said something needs to be done.

Crime scene tape marks the spot on Jones Road where police found the military veteran’s body. Loved ones hope someone comes forward with info about their friend’s death.

Jones said her heart hurts for his family and two children.

“It just shocked me. I thought nothing else could shock me because it’s been so many deaths with these guns around her but, you get shocked every day around here now.,” Jones said.

Willingham’s body will be taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur, where an autopsy will be performed later. Call Thomson Police Department at 706-595-2166, the GBI at 706-595-2575, or McDuffie Co. 911 if you have information that can help solve this crime.

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