Deputies say 1st Street murder may be drug-related

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

News 12 First at Five, November 20, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - It doesn't feel like holiday time for the family of Jimmy Quarles because their family has been torn apart by violence.

"He was just a young man," says Quarles' aunt, Marie Alexander,"He was in the prime of life...out there trying to do the right thing."

Quarles' body was found in the backyard of an abandoned house on 1st Street Monday afternoon. Richmond County Deputy Coroner, Mark Bowen, says he died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators say there are no suspects at this time.

"We're gonna have to go back out to the scene and go back out to the neighborhood and see what we can find out from people in the neighborhood," said Investigator Tom Johnson.

People who live in the 1st Street neighborhood say they don't know much and they're still in shock.

"I don't know anything except somebody has been shot and killed," said Geraldine, who lives near the house where the body was found," It looked like a young person. It's a shame."

Quarles was the eldest of two sons. He graduated from Glenn Hills High School in 2003 and was attending Augusta Technical College with hopes of becoming a barber.

"He was dedicated to family and a church member," says Alexander.

Quarles' family say they don't know why their loved one was on 1st Street. They think he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is their plea,

"If anybody knows anything concerning this, please come forth and let us know something because if anybody had a child out here and I saw something... I would tell...I'd let somebody know something," said Alexander.

Investigators say they have some leads, but no suspects.

"We've got some active leads that we're currently looking into also. So, it's basically just doing the interviews and doing some legwork," said Inv. Johnson.

Sergeant Richard Roundtree says, "It is a possibility that the murder may be drug-related."

This is the 24th murder in Richmond County this year.

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  • by Cardaryl Elam Location: Hephzibah, Ga on Nov 22, 2007 at 03:40 PM
    I went to school wit Jimmy we played basketball around Butler Manor Dr. were his mom and dad stayed i mean we havent been really in touch in the last couple years but it still hit close to home. We went to Glenn Hills High together.
  • by Citizen who cares on Nov 22, 2007 at 09:01 AM
    Please before you label a death drug related, have the facts. It is hard enough on familes without RCSD thinking instead of knowing what happen. What happens if it was not drug related? You (RCSD)have destroyed a young man's name, and caused the family undue pain and stress. Have some respect for the family, You (RCSD) guys are better than that. My prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Jimmy Quarles. Keep the faith, the lord will work it out. To the person who committed this crime. You think know one knows what happen, but you are wrong. They will come looking for you real soon. All that man do not tell, God wil do the rest. You can run, but you can not hide. Do the right thing turn yourself in, and bring peace to his family. No matter what the problem was between you and him, his family had nothing to do with it. See when you kill someone you hurt their family, a dead person can not feel.
  • by A friend Location: Evans on Nov 21, 2007 at 07:56 PM
    This family is one of the best families I know. Please do not insult them in this time by speculating on what may or not may be involved. Please respect what they are going through and only report the facts.
  • by Terry Location: home on Nov 21, 2007 at 10:16 AM
    If citizens don't come forth with the truth, things are just going to keep getting worse. Please help this family find the truth. You will be helping your community as well. Do the right thing!
  • by Michelle Location: Augusta on Nov 20, 2007 at 10:30 PM
    I would like to send my thoughts and prayers out to the family of this young man. I did not know him personally, but he did attend the same church that I once was also a member of. He sang in the church choir, and always had a quiet demeanor about himself. He will truly be missed.
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