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Family Holds Vigil for Slain Radio DJ

By: Garin Flowers

Valdosta, GA - Stephon Edgerton or DJ Juan Gatti, was not only popular with friends and family, but also with all of his listeners.

His life was cut too short one year ago today, when he was shot outside of his workplace.

His daughter, Mia Edgerton, sang as she remembered her father at a vigil held in his honor.

"He was wonderful, we used to have late night talks and everything. We used to play and sing together he was a wonderful father," she said.

On the night of January 20th 2012, Edgerton was gunned down after his Friday night-shift.

It was outside of his radio station WGOV in Valdosta.

Lowndes County Sheriff's deputies say a masked man was waiting for him in the parking lot and shot him three times.

He died at South Georgia Medical Center soon after.

"Just a big missing piece in our family," Mia said.

Mia was with friends, family and her mother at the vigil held Edgerton Monday evening.

"I saw so much love coming from the community and the church family and the radio station and just to know that many people still care a year later, it just touched my heart," said Hilda Edgerton, Stephon's wife.

The death of DJ Juan Gatti has still not been solved.

The purpose of the vigil was to remember his life and remind people of the ongoing investigation.

The message was made clear through several speakers Monday right outside of the radio station. They aren't looking for vengeance, but justice.

"I'm feeling like what's taking so long for someone to speak out and why hold some information like that," Hilda said.

The family of Stephon "Juan Gatti" Edgerton has raised a monetary reward for anyone who can provide information to help solve the case.

Anyone with information should contact the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office at 229-671-2985

-- Valdosta, Ga. -- January 1, 2013 --

Stephon Edgerton, known on the radio as Juan Gotti, was killed on January twenty first of last year. Every day since then has been a struggle for those who love him.

His widow Hilda said "my main thing is it just hurts.. and it's been rough."
Stephon's daughter Mia said "it's been really hard and I've shed a lot of tears."

Edgerton was shot multiple times outside his station, WGOV, by an unkown white man wearing a mask.

His widow went on to say "I bear the pain, but the pain hurts more when I have to cradle my babies and when my child tells me it's unfair that my daddy is gone and I can't give him an answer of why his daddy is gone."

The murder is still under investigation and no suspects have been identified. In the meantime - a vigil is being planned to raise awareness about the murder in the hopes of catching the killer.

The candlelight vigil will be held here at the radio station at five PM on January twenty first. They plan to say a prayer and plant a tree in honor of Stephon Edgerton's memory.

It's easy to be angry, but for Stephon's daughter Mia there's a different kind of justice then jail time.

She said "my justice for this person is for them to get right with the lord. That's all I ask for."

If anyone has any information about Edgerton's murder, contact the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office. All calls can remain anonymous.


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