Family Of Murdered Lakeland Man Speaks Out

By: Eames Yates Email
By: Eames Yates Email

By Eames Yates
July 9, 2013

Lakeland, GA - Amy Vore's fiance was murdered Sunday morning. She said "they took a man out of this world that had four beautiful children that have to grow up without a father, a loving mother that lost her first born son, a soon to be fiance that will miss him dearly."

Blood still stains the Mercury Grand Marquis that thirty eight year old Jamie Gaines was shot and killed in Sunday morning around 1AM on 8th Street in Lakeland. The Lakeland Police say he was giving his friend a ride, which ultimately cost him his life.

Darrell Watson is the Lakeland Police Chief. He said "the guy that got shot, we don't think was the intended victim. The intended victim was in the vehicle, from what we found out, he had been pistol whipped and robbed at his house."

Gaines worked at the the local Mozzarella Momma's Pizza Parlor. Authorities say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and had nothing to do with the robbery.

Lakeland Police say the shooter could have been in the bushes on 8th Street when he took a shot at Gaines. After Gaines was hit he drove another hundred feet down the road before coming to a complete stop after hitting a fence and a parked car. He died on the scene.

Gwendolyn Gaines is the victim's mother. She said "I aint ever had no problems out of him. And for him to get killed like he got killed, I can't grasp it."

At last check no arrests have been made. If anyone has information pertaining to the investigation, please contact the GBI Douglas Office at 912-389-4103 or the Lakeland Police Department at 229-482-3390.

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