Family and friends of double homicide victims speak out on violence in Macon

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Families and friends of both victims in last week’s double homicide are speaking out about the number of murders in the Macon in recent weeks.

“Who ever did this is sad, is very sad because now our kids have to grow up without a daddy,” Sonya Hughes, the mother of Ralph Heard’s children. 

After only a week since the loss of her children’s father, Hughes says remembering Heard is tough because he meant so much to her family. 

“Ralph was silly person. He didn’t bother nobody. He just was an outgoing silly person,” Hughes said. 

Heard along with 23-year-old Arika Jarrell were gunned down last week at a house on Fairburn Avenue in Macon. 

Bibb sheriff’s deputies don’t have many leads or answers. 

“Why did this person not think about his children. This person didn’t have a heart, didn’t think about his children, his family…nothing,” Hughes said.

It’s a frustration both she and Marcus Bridges share. 

Bridges and Jarrell were friends and he spoke with her just a few weeks ago. 

“She had a lot of plans we were planning on going to Atlanta for her birthday this year. I can tell you that she was a good person and she will be missed,” Bridges said. 

Now both Bridges and Hughes want the violence to stop.

“The city needs to get it together. Because all of these senseless killings it’s sad. It don’t make no sense,” Hughes said. 

“Ever since I’ve been here, there’s just been a lot of crime, and a lot of violence going on and I want it to get back like it used to be,” Bridges said. 

He says Jarrell who went by “Lottie Dottie” was a good spirit with a good head on her shoulders. 

“Everything she did, everything she got. She obtained herself. She leaves behind her legacy…that’s about it,” Bridges said. 

Jarrell would have been 24 on Thursday. 

If you have any information on the double homicide, you’re urged to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500. 

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