Two suspects have been charged in connection with the January slaying of a U.S. Marine who was home in Thomasville to attend the funeral of his great-grandmother, according to reports.
Chance Jammal Kelly, 19, who was stationed at a military base in South Carolina, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds underneath a bridge Jan. 9.
On Monday, police arrested Marquis Gatlin, 27, and charged him with murder and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery. Also arrested was Ryan Law, 22. He is charged with theft by receiving a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Witnesses discovered Kelly’s body lying face-down in an alley under the Madison Street Bridge shortly after hearing gunshots at 4:45 in the morning, according to the Thomasville Police Department.
Police said Kelly’s 2014 Honda Civic was stolen in the incident but was found abandoned behind a house that same afternoon.
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.
Police had very few leads initially and could not determine an immediate motive for the shooting, according to reports.
Thomasville Police Chief Troy Rich called it “an isolated incident.”
On Monday, police offered no information about how the suspects were linked to the crime.
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