Two local and area blockbuster news stories based on incidents last week — a double murder in Waycross and a plane crash that killed five near Alma — continue to elicit the interest of the public.
Waycross police are continuing to sift through evidence as they piece together a case involving the murders of a man and a woman at a westside house early Thursday.
Waycross Police Capt. Benji Hersey said this morning while there is “nothing new” of significant substance in the investigation, police are seeking a “couple of people of interest.” Hersey said that police have “not been able to catch up to them” to talk with them as yet.
Yolanda Faison, 31, and Alonzo Brown, 41, were shot in their home in the 900 block of Glenmore Avenue at 1:35 a.m. Thursday by one or more intruders, and both of the victims died soon after, police said.
Lawmen said there were four children under the age of 18 in the house at the time. They were taken in by family members after the shooting.
Both bodies were sent to the State Crime Lab for autopsies but those results have not been made public yet.
Meanwhile the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration are probing the early Wednesday morning crash of a small plane that took the lives of five Alma residents.
The NTSB says it could take a full year before the investigation is complete.
Aboard the plane were Waylon Dan Boatright, 38, Angel Brooke Wade, 20, Drayton Ashley Sears, 24, Logan Elize Tomberlin, 23, and Ethan Tyre Hampton, 23, of Alma, said a Bacon County Sheriff’s Department spokesman. All perished.
A source said the plane went down after clipping two pine trees in a remote, wooded area near Georgia Highway 32 and Mesquite Road in the Rockingham community.
Wade, a 20-year-old freshman at South Georgia State College, was a pre-nursing major, said Taylor Hereford, interim Waycross campus director.
College president Dr. Virginia Carson said: “It is always tragic when someone loses their life in an accident, but particularly when it is a young adult who is just in the early stages of life’s journey. I cannot begin to imagine the scope and
depth of grief being experienced by Ms. Wade’s family and close friends. On behalf of SGSC, Ms. Wade will be sorely missed and long remembered, and her family is in our thoughts during this difficult time.”
South Georgia State College is a close community, and the loss of a student impacts the entire SGSC family, said Hereford.
Counseling services are available on both the Douglas and Waycross campuses. Campus Life staff are reaching out to entire classes, especially those in which Angel was a student.