Funeral arrangements for a young Waycross man who was slain in a nightclub parking lot on Knight Avenue Sunday morning have yet to be revealed as Waycross police continue to interview two suspects in search of a motive.
The body of Javante Jerome Wade, 20 years old, was at the State Crime Lab in Savannah, sent there for examination, police here said.
He died at Mayo Clinic Health System shortly after being shot in the 200 block of Knight Avenue, according to Waycross police.
The two men charged with Wade’s murder, said Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner —Edgar Ivan Velasco-Catalan, 18, of Waycross, and Jonathan Jason Guevara, 19, of Waycross — are in the Ware County jail, said Tanner.
A first appearance hearing was held Monday, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal. He said they would be taken before a magistrate again later for a bond hearing.
Police said Wade was walking toward a car at the parking lot when he was hit in the chest by a shot fired from inside the car.
Waycross Police Capt. Danny Hampton said this morning no motive for the shooting has been established and that it has not been confirmed which of the suspects fired the shot that killed Wade.
“There are still a lot of questions but I don’t have the answers yet,” said Hampton. “The investigation is still ongoing.”
Major Chris Tatum said Monday afternoon that police are not actively seeking any other suspects in the case.
Waycross police were dispatched to the 200 block of Knight Avenue at 2:32 a.m. Sunday as someone reported a shooting had taken place.
Tanner said the investigation revealed that Wade was shot once in the chest by a someone in the car.
Waycross police are working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation, Tanner said.
Any persons with information about the shooting or events prior to the shooting are asked to call the Waycross Police Department at 287-2921, the Waycross Police Department Criminal Investigation Section at 287-2929 or 287-2933, the WPD tip line at 287-2924 … or dial 911.