Two suspects have been charged in the January 9 slaying of a Marine in Thomasville, Georgia. Chance Jammal Kelly, 19, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds under a bridge on Jan. 9. Kelly was in Thomasville to attend the funeral of his great-grandmother. On Monday, police arrested Marquis Gatlin, 27, and Ryan Law, 22 in connection to the killing. The investigation remains open.

2 South Georgia men charged in shooting death of US Marine 

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. 

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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. 

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.
Photo: Thomasville Police Department

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. 

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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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