UPDATE | 14-year-old shot in connection to Daekwon Hines murder

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
(News 12 at 6 O’Clock)

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – News 12 reported earlier this week that investigators now believe the shooting death of 17-year-old Daekwon Hines is connected to the shooting of a 14-year-old at Thomson Villas Apartments.

That 14-year-old is a friend of Daekwon, and he is too shaken up to speak about his shooting. But Janice Williams lives in those apartments, and she witnessed the shooting.

Williams says she was going about her day as it were any other when she heard shots.

“I was sitting with my neighbor across the street and we heard shooting,” said Williams.

She says bullets were ringing through the air, and other neighbors say they heard five or six shots ring out.

“A young guy was running and he was shot in the leg and I was like panicking, so I ran over trying to help him, me another girl."

Janice and another neighbor ran over to stop the bleeding.

“She wrapped a towel around his leg and stuff and he was like ‘I’ve been shot’,” said Williams.

A 14-year-old was bleeding on the ground. Janice says there was no sign of the shooter, but she was left with a constant reminder of the violence.

"The bullet did come through the window, came straight through the curtain, you can see the hole."

The shot went right through her bedroom door,. She says she feels lucky.

"If it was me standing here like I always stand right here, folding up clothes, the bullet would have came straight through, hit me, and I would not have been here today."

Janice says she moved to that apartment complex because she though it would be safe. But she tells me her family can't sleep out of fear another shooting will happen.

She told her landlord she was moving out.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
(News 12 at 11)

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- No suspects and no arrests in the death of 17-year-old Daekwon Hines. Now a family is desperate for answers.

What started as a missing person, turned into much more. Today, family gathered at the apartment where Daekwon and his grandmother lived. They were trying to lift each other up and trying to move forward after a horrible tragedy.

"Inside of your heart you just think like, nah he's going to be home in a little while, he's just a kid," Latrish Climons said. "He'll be back home in a little while."

But days went by, and still no Daekwon.

"We should've stood up and did something faster and sooner," Climons said. "I think our city should've been like a rake and just raked the whole town."

Latrish Climons is like family. She says this should have never happened.

"It's a totally different death then just him dying of natural causes," Climons said. "Somebody hurt your kid. The pain of that, I don't ever want to know."

Daekwon's aunt, Anglea Ealy, says she had to be the rock for her family when they found her nephew's body.

"I knew when I got here that I was going to have to be the strength and hold my family up," Ealy said.

She did just that, both figuratively and literally. Daekwon's mom, escorted from the scene almost paralyzed from the news.

"He was like any typical teenager, you know. I just truly feel that he got into the wrong crowd at the wrong time," Ealy said.

Latrish says she just talked to his mom, who told her Daekwon was just about to get his life back on track.

"His mom said he was about to actually start going to Youth Challenge. He said he was ready to do something different," Climons said.

Instead, a life taken, too young. Latrish says the killing needs to stop.

"We lost Daekwon, but there so many other kids just like him out in our community and we have to do something," Climons said.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
News 12 @ 6 O'clock / NBC 26 at 7

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – “It was a neighborhood search, and the family they came from Thomson Villas and said they got a tip or something and that he was over here in the woods.”

17-year-old Daewkon was found right behind his home.

All signs pointed to this area.

Ciara: At this point did you see or smell anything?

Spencer: At this point, somebody had already found him before me and that's when everybody started running over.

A scene you could never forget, his mother barely able to walk after finding out. A scene he won’t forget either.

“Right up here, right here. Head up that way and feed down this way.”
It’s haunting Kabrittany too.

“It’s hard with him not being home. I’m used to him being on the sofa,” she said.

“We just want someone to come forward and let us know what Dae-Dae did so wrong? Who did it?”

Investigators believe the people that killed Daekwon are also involved in a shooting May 6th that injured a 14-year-old.

“I don’t know why they’re saying it’s gang-related. I never knew he was in a gang; his aunt never knew, his mom never knew,” said Kabrittany.

“It can’t be gang-related,” she stated.

While this investigation continues, police are keeping a very tight lip. As we find out more we'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators say a shooting at Thomson Villas earlier this month could be tied to the shooting death of 17-year-old Daekwon Hines.

On May 6th, a 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg at Thomson Villas Apartments. That's also where Daekwon lived.

A suspect, 19-year-old Cortorius Collins, was arrested on May 8th. Friends and family of Daekwon Hines say he was good friends with the boy who was shot that day.

Now, investigators believe the other people involved in that first shooting might be in some way responsible for Daekwon's death.

News 12 will continue to look into this investigation. Check back for the latest updates in the case.

Monday, May 14, 2018
(News 12 at 11)

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The body of a missing 17-year-old was found in Thomson Monday afternoon after family and friends went searching for him.

Thomson Police and the GBI are waiting on autopsy results to confirm the body is, in fact, 17-year-old Daekwon Hines. However, family members tell us they have seen the body, and it is Daekwon.

This all happened on Dell Drive in Thomson behind some duplexes in a wooded area. That's right off Augusta Highway, about a mile from the Mcduffie County Sheriff's Office.

The police chief tells us this case is connected to another shooting that happened a week ago where a 14-year-old was shot in the leg at Thomson Villas Apartments. Family members tell us the 14-year-old and Hines were best friends.

Family and friends are heartbroken. They say they believe this could be gang related, and the way they found his body makes them even more sure.

Spencer Moore lives within steps of where he and family members found the body. "A black bag was over his head. Ablack plastic bag over his head," Moore said. "They shot him in the head."

He was killed execution style.

"From what I saw, the body laying on the ground, yeah that's Dae Dae," Moore said. Moore says he's called him by that nickname for years. He says he knew him since he was a baby. Moore's home is now surrounded by yellow tape, marking the crime scene. "We went through the woods behind my house, where I stay at and there he was right there, behind my house," Moore said.

Family say his mom couldn't bare to look at his face, but she knew by his pants that was her son. "She just lost her 16-year-old baby," Moore said. "You can only fathom what's going through her mind."

Moore doesn't know why someone would hurt Daekwon.

"I loved him," Moore said. "I knew his mom, I knew his dad, everybody. Everybody loved him. I don't know why somebody would want to hurt him. The officer asked me, how often do I hear shots? You know, I live in a neighborhood where shots, hearing shots, is normal."

Both Moore and neighbors say they heard gunshots on Saturday. Moore also says he saw car headlights pull into his driveway in the middle of the night.

"It was a young girl driving the car it was white," Moore said. He says he approached her and asked why she was on his property. Then, he says he saw someone coming out from behind his home.

"While me and her were having this conversation this young dude rolls up out the woods," Moore said. "I was like, 'what the f*** are you doing back there?' He was like, 'no I just left something in the back there. Everything good.'" Moore says they then took off. He says he's never seen them before.

"Why would somebody harm that young man? He's a bright. He doesn't mess with nobody or nothing," Moore said. "He has a loving family that loves him. You know, the world is so wicked these days."

GBI has suspects in mind but are holding off on releasing any details. We'll keep you updated on this developing story.

Monday, May 14, 2018

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Family members of 17-year-old Daekwon Hines say his body has been found in Thomson.

The body was found in a wooded area behind a home Monday afternoon. Hines' mother was at the scene.

Stick with News 12 for the latest on this story.

Friday, May 11
THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Thomson Police Department is searching for 17-year-old Daekwon Hines.

Hines was reported missing by his grandmother at 4:00 p.m. Friday.

He was last seen at 2:00 a.m. in the Thomson area.

Hines is approximately 5"4 and weighs 120 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with the letters "KFC" written in green and blue jeans with holes in them.

If anyone has any information please contact the McDuffie County Communication Center at 706-595-2145.