Community remembers Colquitt County murder victims

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By: Alicia Turner
July 6, 2016

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WCTV) – We're closing in on the two month anniversary of the Colquitt County house fire where five young adults were found shot and killed. The person accused of pulling the trigger was their friend. Jeffrey Peacock was arrested just days later.

While Peacock sits in jail, the community is still trying to pick up the pieces. A memorial is now in place to honor the victims.

Once upon a time, a house sat in the now-empty lot on Rossman Dairy Road. Now, a plaque placed on top of a cross stands alone.

Family and friends are driving by to see this memorial and the folks who put it up say that’s just what they want-- healing for the family and the entire community.

The five names engraved on the plaque create a permanent memorial-- Jonathan Edwards, Alicia Norman, Reid Williams, Jones Pidcock and Jordan Croft.

Five individuals who resident Wes Smith never met or heard of, until it was time to remove what was left of the burned home at 505 Rossman Dairy Road.

"It was different knowing what happened here. It was definitely different, what took place, something that you do remember," Smith says.

Smith wants to make sure the community doesn’t forget either. His company was in charge of removing the charred remains of the house, leaving behind the large empty lot where the memorial now stands.

"It’s not every day that you get over a loved one, it’s an everyday struggle and I understand that," Smith says.

Neighbors say the murders have truly impacted this area.

"Tragedy. It was a tragedy for the whole community," says Alicia Norman's friend, Terry Sauls.

Sauls says just a week before the murders, he saw Norman at work. He says he never thought that would be the last time he ever saw her.

"It makes it hard. It’s a tough situation to comprehend and understand how this could even happen in the first place," Sauls says.

Although the memorial won’t bring back those five victims, the community says it’s a special way to honor and remember them.

The man accused in the murders, Jeffrey Peacock, remains in the Colquitt County Jail without bond.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 23, 2016

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Recently released 911 calls reveal the moments after an alleged murder and arson that occurred in Colquitt County last week.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says that 25-year-old Jeffrey Peacock allegedly shot the five victims.

Peacock called 911 to report the fire and told the dispatcher that he was gone for about a half-hour and had left to get breakfast.

"My buddies, they're all inside... The house is engulfed," Peacock tells the dispatcher.

Investigators with GBI accuse Peacock of setting fire to the house to conceal the murders.

The bodies found at the scene were those of 21-year-old Jonathan Edwards, 20-year-old Alicia Norman, 21-year-old Reid Williams, 21-year-old Jones Pidcock, and 22-year-old Jordan Croft.

Three dogs were also found dead at the home.

Peacock is charged with five counts of murder and one count of arson. He has been the only person charged in the case, and remains in the Colquitt County Jail without bond.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 20, 2016

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WCTV) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation held a press conference on Friday morning regarding the investigation into the murders of five people in Colquitt County.

Crews were called to a house fire around 8:30 Sunday morning at a home at 505 Rossman Dairy Road, outside Moultrie.

GBI says 25-year-old Jeffrey Alan Peacock, of Colquitt County, shot five victims then set the house on fire in an attempt to conceal the crime.

The homicide victims include Jonathan Edwards, 21, Alicia Norman, 20, Reid Williams, 21, Jones Pidcock, 21, and Jordan Croft, 22.

The GBI says that all five victims were at the home at the time of the murders, but it is not clear whether they were all living at the residence.

The GBI announced Friday that 3 dogs were also found dead at the scene. Officials are awaiting the results of necropsies to determine how the dogs died.

The GBI says Jeffrey Peacock was interviewed on the scene of the fire when crews arrived to the fire on Sunday morning.

The GBI also released a photo of Peacock's truck, GA license plate number QFB1417. They are asking anyone who saw the vehicle between 12am and 8am on Sunday, May 15th to call the GBI or the Moultrie Police Department with any information.

Crews are expected to complete their investigation of the scene today.

Peacock is charged with murder and arson. At this time, he is the only person charged in the case.

Photos of Peacock's truck are available in the 'View Gallery' tab above.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 19, 2016

MOULTRIE, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says all five victims found dead in a Colquitt County house fire were murdered prior to the blaze.

Crews were called to the fire around 8:30 Sunday morning at a home at 505 Rossman Dairy Road, outside Moultrie.

Jonathan Edwards, 21, Alicia Norman, 20, Reid Williams, 21, Jones Pidcock, 21, and Jordan Croft, 22, were all shot before the fire broke out.

All five of the victims recently attended Colquitt County High School. It's not clear whether they all lived at the house.

GBI says the suspect, 25-year-old Jeffrey Alan Peacock, of Colquitt County, shot the five victims then set the house on fire in an attempt to conceal the crime.

Peacock was arrested and booked in the Colquitt County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

Before GBI released the findings of their investigation, the circumstances surrounding the fire raised many suspicions for families of the victims.

Darryl Taunton, the uncle of victim Jonathan Edwards, had expressed concern to WCTV about why all five were unable to escape the flames.

"When you look at something like this, and there's five people in that house and they're all young capable men and a capable young lady, I just have to question what happened where they couldn't get out?" Taunton said. "It's just a devastating blow to our community to lose five such wonderful kids."

Authorities have not released a motive for the murders.

Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and processing evidence in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office at 229- 616-7460 or the GBI office in Thomasville at 229-225-4090.


News Release: Georgia Bureau of Investigation
May 19, 2016

Moultrie, Georgia – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is assisting the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office with a house fire/death investigation that occurred Sunday morning on May 15, 2016. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is involved in the investigation as well.

On Wednesday May 18, 2016 the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Jeffrey Alan Peacock, age 25, for the murders of Jonathan Edwards, age 21; Alicia Norman, age 20; Reid Williams, age 21; Jones Pidcock, age 21; and Jordan Croft, age 22 and arson. The victims were shot inside of their residence by Peacock, who set fire to the house in an attempt to conceal the crimes.

The investigation began when the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office requested GBI assistance in the investigation of a residential fire at 505 Rossman Dairy Road, Moultrie, Colquitt County, Georgia on Sunday May 15, 2016. It was discovered that the bodies of five victims were located inside the home. The bodies were transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Macon, Georgia for an autopsy examination. The initial autopsy findings indicated that all five victims suffered from gunshot wounds. The State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and agents from three neighboring GBI regional offices assisted with the extensive crime scene and investigation that is still underway. Also assisting is the Funston Fire Department, Moultrie Fire Department, Bay Fire Department and Northside Fire Department.

During the course of the investigation, Peacock was identified as a suspect. He is a Colquitt County resident and was known to the victims. The motive for the murders is unknown at this time, and the investigation is ongoing. Peacock was arrested without incident and booked into the Colquitt County jail, where he remains in custody.

Investigators and agents met with family members concerning the status of the investigation and the families have requested privacy from inquiries at this time.

Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and processing evidence. Anyone with information is asked to call the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office at 229- 616-7460 or the GBI office in Thomasville at 229-225-4090.



By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 18, 2016

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Funeral and memorial arrangements have been made for the five victims of a Colquitt County fire.

Friends, family and co-workers have been in mourning since the blaze occurred early Sunday morning at a home at 505 Rossman Dairy Road.

The arrangements for the victims are below:

  • A memorial service for 21-year-old Jonathan Edwards will be held Friday, May 20 at Heritage Church. The family of Edwards will greet friends after the memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moultrie/Colquitt County Humane Society, 1412 1st Street NE, Moultrie, GA. 31768.
  • A memorial service for 20-year-old Alicia Norman will be held 4 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Cobb Funeral Chapel in Moultrie. Norman was born in Tallahassee and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Moultrie.
  • Graveside Rites for 21-year-old Aaron Reid Williams will be performed at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19 on Mount Sinai Cemetery in Doerun, Georgia. Williams' family will meet with friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at Cobb Funeral Chapel in Moultrie. Memorial contributions may be made to Funston Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 265, Funston, GA. 31753.
  • The memorial service for 21-year-old Ramsey Jones Pidcock will be 11:00 AM Friday, May 20 at Ashburn Hill Plantation in Moultrie. A private internment will be in Westview Cemetery. Pidcock was born in Cairo, Georgia
  • Funeral Services for 22-year-old Jordan Croft will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at Lifespring Community Church in Moultrie. Interment will follow in Cool Springs Cemetery. Croft was a native of Norman Park, Georgia.
  • Investigators are also trying to determine why the victims were unable to escape the house.

    The incident remains under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

    GBI says investigators hope to update the status of the investigation Thursday afternoon


    By: Noelani Mathews
    May 17, 2016

    COLQUITT CO., Ga. -- The entrance to Advance Auto Parts in Moultrie, Georgia reflects the mourning of an entire community.

    Ribbons and pictures represent the loss of promising young lives.

    "She was family to us. She was our Advance family," says Desiree Flores, Store Manager of the Advance Auto Parts in Moultrie.

    Flores says Alicia Norman was an outstanding employee and was training to be a manager.

    "She was always on time."

    Except Sunday morning, when Norman didn't show up to her 9 o'clock shift.

    "I opened the store and she wasn't here. I called and called and called," says Flores.

    Hours later, Flores got a call that Norman and four others had died in a house fire early Sunday.

    She says, "The atmosphere is different. It's not like it used to be."

    Now, the store and community are joining forces to raise money for the family.

    While over at Colquitt County High School, they're feeling the pain as well and remembering five former Packers.

    "It's very sad for us, and the community as a whole, to lose so many young adults at one time. It's hard on the community," says Stephanie Terrell, Principal of CCHS.

    A community now searching for answers to why their loved ones were taken too soon.


    By: WCTV Eyewitness News; Noelani Mathews
    May 16, 2016

    MOULTRIE, Ga. -- Five people are dead following a house fire in Colquitt County.

    Officials say the blaze occurred early Sunday morning at a home at 505 Rossman Dairy Road.

    Officials were dispatched to the fire around 8:30 a.m.

    According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Jordan Croft, Jonathan Edwards, Alicia Norman, Jones Pidcock and Reid Williams were all killed in the fire.

    Another person was transported to an area hospital.

    All five of the victims were between the ages of 20 and 22 years old and all recently attended Colquitt County High School.

    Darryl Taunton is the uncle of victim Jonathan Edwards. "Their life had just started and it's just tragic. It's heartbreaking," Taunton said. "They loved together, they laughed together, they played together. It's just such a tragedy that we lost them all at one time."

    It's not clear whether all five victims lived at the house. Investigators are also trying to determine why they were unable to escape.

    "When you look at something like this, and there's five people in that house and they're all young capable men and a capable young lady, I just have to question what happened where they couldn't get out?" Taunton said. "It's just a devastating blow to our community to lose five such wonderful kids."

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation.




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