‘Shaken the core of our family’: Brothers killed in laundry room mourned

William Thurman (left) and Billy Roy Thurman were shot and killed early Thursday at a Gwinnett County apartment complex.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

William Thurman (left) and Billy Roy Thurman were shot and killed early Thursday at a Gwinnett County apartment complex.

Two brothers moved to Gwinnett County a few weeks ago from Gary, Ind., to pursue hip-hop music, their four sisters told Channel 2 Action News on Monday.

However, they were killed early Thursday in a triple shooting in an apartment complex’s laundry room that also injured their cousin.

“This has shaken the core of our family,” Sophia Thurman told Channel 2.

William Thurman, 17, and Billy Roy Thurman, 25, were found dead about 4 a.m. at the Park at Peachtree Corners Apartments in the 3300 block of Peachtree Corners Circle, AJC.com previously reported. They appeared to be washing clothes in the complex’s laundry facility before the gunfire, Gwinnett police Cpl. Wilbert Rundles previously said.

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His sisters told Channel 2 that Billy Roy had set up his own entertainment company, and the two brothers, as well as their 27-year-old cousin  Beonka Thurman, were visiting a relative at the apartment complex, which is gated.

“They didn’t just kill my brothers. They are killing my family,” Lisa Thurman said.

Billy Roy Thurman (left) and William Thurman.

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A suspect entered the laundry room and began shooting, firing several shots, Rundles said. Thurman was shot in the foot and called 911. She was taken to a local hospital with injuries.

It does not appear there was an exchange of gunfire, Rundles said. Gwinnett police didn’t have an update on the investigation Monday, Channel 2 reported.

“It’s a type of execution,” Delores Thurman told the news station.

The Thurman family set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to take the bodies to Indiana for a funeral. As of Monday afternoon, the page had raised more than $3,300.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Gwinnett detectives at 770-513-5300. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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