Coroner reacts to number of homicides: ‘I just don’t understand it’

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The year is not over, but Bibb County has reached the total number of homicides it had last year.

Since January, 30 people were murdered in Bibb County and Coroner Leon Jones fears that number could increase.

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“We have, what, 3 more months, 4 more months to go. It is scary to think what the number of homicides is going to be at the end of this year.”

22 out of the 30 homicides, were gun related. Jones says most of the incidents happen in a moment of rage.

“You cannot be confrontational on every issue. Someone has to have the common sense to back down and walk away,” said Jones.



He says until people know that, the killing won’t stop.

“That’s not the year I was looking forward to,” said Jones. “I just don’t understand how someone can get so mad and just kill someone. I just don’t understand it.”

Jones says, 55-year-old Jeffery Burke was badly beaten on Father’s Day. Burke was discharged in August and was immobile. Burke died Sunday and an autopsy is expected to conducted this week.

Jones says if Burke’s death is linked to the beating, his death will be treated as a homicide, bringing the number to 31.

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