Family Remembers Gadsden County Murder Victim

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Funeral services were held Friday, December 31st for well-known Mariana businessman Zack Morgan who was stabbed to death on Christmas Eve.

Several hundred people gathered in Marianna Friday to pay their last respects to 58-year-old Zechariah Morgan, a man some folks say will never be forgotten.

Marie Morgan-Green, sister of Zack Morgan says, "This is a big loss because he was one of the pioneers among the siblings that always looked forward to pulling the family together.

She goes on to say, "He was very hard-working man, family oriented. He loved his family and his children so it's very devastating."

Friend of the family Charlie Brown says, "When you got a friendship with Zack Morgan you got a friend - and it was a true friend."

Investigators say on the eve of Christmas, Antone McMillian and Marvin Cannon attacked Morgan and his friend Sean Neel. Neel was wounded but was able to get away.

Morgan, was not so lucky , he was stabbed 35 times. Within two days, both McMillian and Cannon were in custody.

Though this was a homegoing service for Zack Morgan, many folks say it was also a celebration. And many came to pay tribute to a man they say truly impacted not only his community, but the world.

Florida Senator Al Lawson says, "I consider him as a very good friend and someone that the community is gonna really, really miss. I mean everyone knew Zack. Zack was the kind of person that you really liked."

Isiah Morgan says he and his family will always remember Zack as a man who was the epitome of a family guy.

He says, "We thank God that Sheriff Young did a super job in catching the perpetrator and we're hoping that he get the max."

Isaiah Morgan says the family has set up a scholarship to give to high school students each year in remembrance of his brother.

The two suspects in the case remain in jail without bond.

See [UPDATE] Second Suspect Arrested in Gadsden Co. Murder for the original story.


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  • by david Location: orlando on Jan 30, 2011 at 07:36 PM
    Like Candria, I also check this site occasionally for any new updates in this case. Everytime I think about this crime that took place it was completely senseless. These two dirt bags deserve everything that the criminal justice system has in store for them. I never have been a big believer in the death penalty but this case definitely deserves the ultimate punishment of death through our justice system. Our justice system ruined the opportunity for justice once before by allowing Cannon back out on the streets. Lets see if they get it right this time around for the sake of the rest of the community. No man deserved to die the way my uncle died. I plan too be there every step of the way to watch justice be served to these two dirt bags. Rest in Peace Uncle Zack.
  • by Candria Location: Tallahassee on Jan 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    I keep checking this site in disbelief of the event that happened a month ago today. It hasn't gotten easier and I haven't grasped any further understandings as to why. All I know is that it has been a month since the day my uncle was taken from this earth by two possesed men. May he forever rest in peace and may justice be swift and just. I love you Uncle Zack.
  • by Sugars Location: PC on Jan 13, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    Mr. Morgan was a well liked man among all. Its like all he knew was to work hard, take care of his family and do for others in the best way he knew! He loved life and everything about it! From the begining he accpeted me and my family into his family. My husband is his son, and he raised an amazing boy to be the amazing man he is today. Without his fathers teachings I dont believe he would be the hard working/determand man that he is today, and I am so thankful of him for that! This tragedy has hurt many of us, but we are not gonna let these 2 men get away with this. These men WILL get what they deserve and hopefully more! This also reminds us that you cannot trust everyone, and you MUST keep your guard up at all times white, black, green, whatever, everyone is not sain and some people are just pure evil just like the evil basterds that did this crime. They can make up whatever lies they want in court but it wont hold up, they are going to rott!
  • by A LOVEING ? Location: TAMPA on Jan 4, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    THIS IS TO:ORIGINAL BOB, I UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM,BUT THIS IS NOT JUST A BLACK COMMUNITY ISSUE.THERE ARE WHITE PEOPLE KILLING THEIR OWN FAMILY ,THEIR CHILDREN ETC...SO WHEN WILL THAT STOP,WHERE IS THE WHITE PASTORS ?THIS WORLD IS FULL OF VIOLENT,AND EVIL PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS.SO LETS NOT MAKE IT SOUND LIKE ITS A ON GOING ISSUE ONLY AMONG THE BLACKS CAUSE ITS NOT.NONE OF THIS IS RIGHT. IT DON'T MATTER THE COLOR WE ALL NEED TO PULL TOGETHER AND STOP THE VIOLENCE IN ALL THE COMMUNITYS,WHITE,BLACK.ASIANS,SPANISH.THIS IS REALLY SAD, AND YES BLACK ON BLACK CRIMES NEEDS TO STOP AND THE PASTORS AS WELL AS TE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO PULL TOGETHER. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND KEEP THEM SAFE.I WOULDENT WANT TO SEE ANOTHER FAMILY GO THROUGH WHAT THE MORGAN FAMILY HAS WENT THROUGH. GOD BLESS THE MORGAN FAMILY KEEP THEM SAFE @ ALL TIMES.
  • by William Green Location: Ft. Knox, KY on Jan 3, 2011 at 09:30 PM
    My uncle was a great guy, very unselfish and always willing to help any one willing to help themselves. Christmas & New Years will never be the same for his family and close friend. No matter what happens to those cowards that did it, it'll never ease the pain of his lose. You will forever live in our hearts, unconditional love.... Fat Jack
  • by Kim Location: Lakeland, Georgia on Jan 3, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family throughout this ordeal. I didn't know Mr. Morgan, but it sounds like he was an incredible human being. I hope the persons responsible for this act pay dearly.
  • by George Location: Taly on Jan 2, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    OKay people it is time for an eye for an eye, a life for a life. WE are fighting over seas to protect America but yet America is destroying itself within.
  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Jan 2, 2011 at 04:24 AM
    My condolences to the family. Why was he killed? Will the black community ever get enough of this kind of sickness from within? Ever? What will it take? How many more must lose their lives at the hands of animals like these that took this fine mans life before something is done? How much longer will good people tolerate such? Where is the Church community on this? Where are the black pastors? The silence is deafening.
  • by Jeff & Angela Location: Chattahoochee,FL on Jan 1, 2011 at 09:12 PM
    We are so sadden to hear of this great loss. We have known Zack for years and I can truly say that there wasn't a time when I saw him that he did not ask about my family members. He was a "true" friend to all that knew him. He was soo full of talent with his painting. I(Angela Cain Suber) thank God that I was able to know Mr. Zack Morgan. God bless your family at this time, I know how much you loved your family and friends. God bless the Morgan family~
  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on Dec 31, 2010 at 06:43 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every family member during this devastating time. From what I have read and heard, Mr Morgan was a Christian, hard working, well repected, family man. I pray God wraps all the family members in His arms to comfort and give you strength. As for the two things that committed this horrible crime, they will face the judicial system, BUT, they have to face God as well. It will NOT be a pretty day for them.
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