Colleagues Remember Slain Valdosta Radio DJ

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[UPDATE] - Valdosta, Ga. - Jan. 30, 2012 -

Friends and colleagues of slain radio DJ Juan Gotti, real name Stephon Edgerton, are planning to honor his life. The station says it will enclose the end of every hourly broadcast with a reference to the newly renamed Juan Gotti Studio.

Joseph Jones, Operation Manager at WGOV, says this can occur "forever" or at least as long as he and his current colleagues are at the station.

Other colleagues remembered their friend as always having a smile on his face. Radio personality Justina West said "you couldn't be around Juan Gotti and not be in a good mood."

Since Gotti's death WGOV has been playing pre-programmed music in his time slot.

There have not been any arrests in connection with the shooting and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff's department.
[UPDATE] - Valdosta, Ga. - Jan. 29, 2012 -

As of Sunday night there have still been no arrests made in the murder of the popular Lowndes County radio D.J. Stephon Edgerton, better known as Juan Gatti.
And the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department says they do not have any "official" suspects.
Edgerton's funeral was held Sunday afternoon at Morning Star Baptist Church in Jasper, Florida.
A private fund has been set up in his honor to benefit his wife and three children.
The "Edgerton's Children's Fund" is a collaboration between his personal friends and work friends at Rivers Radio.

Donations can be made through Sunrise Bank, located at 301 Woodrow Wilson Dr. in Valdosta, Ga.
Or out of town donations will be accepted through Wells Fargo Bank if sent to the attention of "Stephon Edgerton Memorial Fund".

The staff at Rivers Radio Group says they will gladly answer any questions regarding donations.
Their phone number is: (229) 242-4513.

Edgerton's co-workers at Rivers Radio say he was more than a friend - he was family.
"We miss you Juan Gatti, and know that you will always be with us watching down on your children. So to our friend, may you rest in peace," says D.J. Shailuv in a radio announcement.


[UPDATE] - Valdosta, Ga. - Jan. 27, 2012 -

The investigation into the murder of Stephon Edgerton by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office is continuing. As of this date no arrest has been made.

On Friday, January 20, shortly before midnight, Stephon Edgerton, who was known as Juan Gatti during his radio show, called 9-1-1 for assistance. Edgerton relayed that he had been shot by an unknown person.

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance and ask that anyone who may have information about this case to please call the department’s tip line at {229} 671-2985. Callers may remain anonymous.


[Update] - Valdosta, Ga. - Jan. 23, 2012 -

Lowndes County Sheriff's investigators are still searching for whoever is responsible for shooting and killing a popular radio DJ.
Stephon Edgerton hosted the night-shift at WGOV-radio.
But to his fans and co-workers he was "Juan Gatti".
Now the show must go on.
But his friends here at the station are finding that it's anything but business as usual.

"We're talking about Juan Gatti, aka Stephon Edgerton," D.J. Shailuv announces over the radio.

He pays tribute to his fallen friend in an afternoon shout out.
The phone's been ringing off the hook with impassioned calls but it's all too much for the broken-hearted staff to bear.

"It's really kind of hard to conduct business at this time. We're all doing the best that we can," D.J. Shailuv tells Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg.

"That's the worst part. This isn't a business, it's a family and one of our family members are missing," says D.J. Charlie Walker.

Edgerton was gunned down in the early hours Saturday morning after his Friday night-shift.
Authorities 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.
Now the community is in mourning, and his friends just miss his laugh.

"If anybody at the station was having a bad day he was the guy that would actually cheer us up and make us laugh," says Shailuv.

"He would come in the studio and just always have a bright smile and having a great time. He always made me and the listeners laugh," says Walker.

We've been staying in close contact with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department, but so far there are no suspects and no official word on a motive.

Edgerton is survived by his wife and three children.
His friends at the radio station are developing plans for a fundraiser for their benefit.

A Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Stephon. The information is as follows: Wells Fargo Bank Attention: Stephon Edgerton Memorial Fund Routing Number-053000219 Account Number- 1916639667. Donations can be made throughout the year. (The number for Wells Fargo Bank is: 800-359-3557).


VALDOSTA, Ga.--Jan. 22, 2012

Many folks in the Valdosta community couldn't believe the news when they heard of the shooting death of WGOV DJ Stephon Edgerton.

Edgerton, who goes by the name "Juan Gatti" when DJ-ing for WGOV station V96, was gunned down in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Edgerton had been working at the station on highway 84 in Valdosta. He was leaving the building when a masked man waiting for him in the parking lot shot him.

"That kind of stuff, basically it doesn't happen out in this area, it's kind of quiet out here you know? So it's kind of shocking to hear that happen right down the road," said Keith Hunter, who was leaving a church located about two miles away from WGOV.

Stride Jones of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office agreed when reached via telephone saying this was a rare and strange occurrence.

Edgerton had been able to call 911 and describe that the man was wearing a mask before passing away at South Georgia Medical Center.

"It's sad, and i pray for him and his family," said Hunter.


VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) -- January 21, 2012

Sheriff's investigators say a Valdosta disc jockey has been shot and killed outside the radio station where he worked.

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says Stephon Edgerton, who used the name Juan Gatti while on the air for radio station WGOV, died after being shot three times outside the station's door just after midnight Saturday.

The Associated Press reports that Edgerton managed to call 911 and told emergency responders a man in a mask had shot him. He died after being rushed to a hospital.

Sheriff's investigators have not arrested any suspects.

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