Family of murdered man seeks answers

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

6 o'clock, May 12, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Richmond County investigators are offering a reward as they search for a killer. 29-year-old Tollie Mitchell was found shot to death in his car yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday Tollie Mitchell's family was hit with tragic news that a son, brother, and father was murdered. Today they want to know why.

"I just really want somebody to come forward," said Mitchell's sister, Ronique Coleman. "He didn't anything to anybody."

The 29-year-old father of two was found murdered in his car yesterday afternoon at the Regency Square apartment complex. How it happened is still a mystery.

He was last seen just an hour before at his mother's house, where he was taking care of his nephew.

"It's just unbelievable," Ronique said. "I really want to know why. What was the reason to shoot somebody like that?"

Investigators say it happened around 4:15. A neighbor called 911 after seeing the caution lights blinking on Mitchell's car.

He went over to investigate, but it was too late. Mitchell was dead from one gunshot to his head.

Investigators combed the area for hours and even brought in K-9 tracking dogs.

"We've gotten a little information from some of the people," said Lt. Scott Peebles. "We want to let the people in the area know that we're working on it."

The news of Mitchell's murder is unsettling for many who live nearby.

Everyone is hoping for an arrest in the case, especially Mitchell's family, who say the only way they can move forward will be to see his killer brought to justice.

"I don't wish nothing bad on anyone, but why? If anybody out there knows anything, could they please come forward?" Ronique said.

Richmond County's Major Case Squad is handling this murder investigation. They were handing out flyers yesterday in the area.

Right now they are offering a cash reward for any information that leads to an arrest. Callers can remain anonymous. If you have any information, call 706-821-1020.


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  • by Karla Location: Newport News, VA on May 16, 2007 at 03:41 AM
    My prayers go out to the Mitchell family. I know exactly what you are going through. The same thing happened to my brother in 2000, and we still don't know who did it. Anyone that knows anything is too afraid and intimidated to come forward. I wish people would stop being scared and say something, but in a way its understandable, because whatever punk killed this young man has probably threatened people in the community. Black people we have got to start sticking together and put these criminals away and get them off our streets. My prayers and thoughts are with you, Mitchell family. God Bless.
  • by Terry Location: homemaker on May 14, 2007 at 10:26 AM
    I want to thank the observant person who noticed the caution lights flashing on that car and thought maybe something might be wrong. Too many people wouldn't bother. You made a difference, bless you.
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