Park City

Police are investigating a crime scene at Park City. 

CLAIRE HETTINGER, HERALD & REVIEW

DECATUR — Police arrested a suspect Wednesday in the double homicide of two men who were found shot to death in the Park City Mobile Home community on Wednesday. 

Kwantrevis D. Richardson, 20, faces two preliminary charges of first degree murder, Deputy Police Chief David Dickerson said in a statement. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's office. 

"Detectives have worked overnight and throughout (Wednesday), following up on several leads," Dickerson said. "Multiple search warrants have been executed. The investigation is continuing at this point."

On Tuesday, police received a call of shots fired at 10:14 p.m. They found two white males dead in the front room of a mobile home at 3129 Kent Ave. while searching the residence, Dickerson said.

Macon County Coroner Michael Day said the two men were found in a Park City residence and "suffered obvious gunshot trauma." Their identities are being withheld pending notification of their families, Day said. He could not immediately provide their ages Wednesday.

Dickerson said the police department will be following up on additional leads in its investigation in the next few days. No further information was released Wednesday night. 

Anyone with information should call the Decatur Police Department Investigations Division at (217) 424-2734 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 423-TIPS, police said. 

A person working in the Park City office said the mobile home community's management had no comment.

The incident comes a little over a month after a pair of home invasions in the neighborhood in which one woman was shot. Three people have been arrested in connection with those incidents.

Mikayla M. Melton, 18, and Damon L. Davis, 19, were preliminarily charged with attempted murder and two counts of home invasion in connection with both incidents. Zachary D. Batson, 19, faces preliminary charges of attempted murder and home invasion in the shooting.

Officers were first sent to the 3400 block of Kent Avenue, on Park City’s far northeast side on Sept. 20. A 22-year-old woman told police she was confronted at her door by a woman, and two armed men forced their way into her residence. Her dog was able to chase off the attackers, she told police.

About an hour later, at 10:44 p.m., officers responded to a call on Delta Circle, where a woman was found to have been shot during a home invasion. She survived her wounds.

The victim described how a man and a woman forced their way into her home and demanded money while ransacking her residence. She said she was shot three times while trying to flee, police said.

Jeanne Mears, a resident of Park City since 2009 who helps organize neighborhood activities, said she does not feel unsafe and enjoys the people in the community. 

"I’m perfectly secure here," said Mears, 80. "I am not concerned about it at all."

Mears said she believes the home invasions and shooting deaths were isolated incidents, not indicative of the overall safety of the neighborhood. 

Just hours before the shooting, 32 neighborhood children were trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes to celebrate the holiday.

“We were having a good time, the cute little costumes and cute little kids,” Mears said. 

Mears doesn’t live far from where the incident occurred, but she said she didn’t hear anything last night. She only found out about the shooting when a friend tagged her in a Facebook post and asked her if she was OK.

“I think we are all kind of surprised by it because you don’t expect these things to happen,” she said of her neighbors. “But I haven’t seen anybody who is concerned about it.”

The recent crime activity doesn’t change Mears’ mind about her neighborhood, and it wouldn’t deter her from encouraging others to move there.

“I’ll be here until they put me in a nursing home,” she said. “I’m 80 and I’m not afraid.”

These are the seventh and eighth homicides in Decatur in 2017. 

Police have made arrests in four:

  • Zachary M. Pherigo, 17, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the Oct. 16 shooting death of his 2-year-old nephew, Justin Lee Murphy Jr. 
  • Police arrested three suspects in the murder of 22-year-old Zachary Hubbartt of Windsor, who was found shot to death in the 1200 block of East Condit Street on Aug. 27. Jason A. White and Ryan D. Waters face preliminary charges of first-degree murder, and Autumn D. Billings, faces a preliminary charge of obstructing justice.
  • Demesheo M. Lovelace died after being gunned down in Greenwood Cemetery on July 2. The three suspects in the crime are Darelle Fox, 31, his brother Joseph Fox, 27, and Shawn Eubanks, 25. They were arrested a week later and jailed on preliminary first-degree murder charges.
  • Duan L. Lewis, 23, was arrested March 29 and faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a 5-month-old girl. The girl died March 28 after suffering injuries "consistent with shaken baby syndrome" on March 23.

Two other cases are active, but detectives said at Oct. 25 inquest hearings that they had no witnesses and were searching for leads in both:

  • James M. Basse, 40, of Decatur, was found in the 1400 block of East Wood Street on Sept. 15 dead of multiple gunshot wounds. 
  • Police found Andrian T. Chatman dead in the 800 block of West Decatur Street shortly after midnight on Sept. 26.

In 2016, there were four reported homicides in Decatur. In 2015, there were seven. In the last decade, the largest number of homicides in Decatur was 2011, when 10 were reported, according to police department statistics. 

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