By Dave Oedel
Now into the fourth month of 2015, the pace of killings by gunshot in Macon-Bibb is proceeding at the usual clip of about one per month. Ulysses Pitts was shot dead on January 7. Andrew Darrell Brown was shot dead on March 26. In a separate incident also on March 26, Tavaris (also known as Tavarous) Veal was shot dead. Marquis Reginal Lowe was shot dead March 28.
Michael Knighton was murdered in East Macon on or about March 8, but with a knife to the throat rather than a gun.
Pitts’ alleged murderers are Antwan Denard Johnson, 25, and Sherod Ranardo Holston, both with prior records. Drevon Lashuwn McLaurin, 20, shot Brown, though perhaps in self defense. Steven Quintrell Howard, 28, was arrested for gang activity in connection with Veal’s death. Jaqavius Javon Holloway, 21, and Malik Tajhae Young, 19, were arrested in the Lowe killing. Holloway’s mug shot is featured with this post. Mary Brewer, the lone woman mentioned in this article, is sought in the Knighton cut-throat murder.
As to the three March deaths by shooting, the Telegraph reported that Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones “said he didn’t know of anything connecting the cases, other than the victims had been shot.”
The Telegraph in a separate story also indicated that “there might not be much connecting the [two March 26 shootings] than the day of death.”
But is there a way to connect the dots surrounding Macon’s gunshot killings this year to see a broader pattern? … Continue Reading