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Friends of murder-suicide victim to hold candlelight vigil

Houston County murder-suicide victim Randall Kinard will be remembered in a vigil being held Sunday.

According to a Facebook post, it starts at 9 p.m. and will be at Macon's Coleman Hill on Spring Street. There will also be a balloon release Sunday at 4:30 p.m. which will also be at Coleman Hill.

Kinard was fatally shot Wednesday, according to the Houston County's Sheriff's Office, by Christopher Dukes, who then turned the gun on himself and set a Houston County home on fire. Kinard worked at a Macon salon, Azul, where co-workers called him a good friend and someone who greeted people every day with hugs.

Police believe Dukes kidnapped Kinard from Azul Wednesday around lunchtime, in a Jeep Battle owned. They say Dukes likely shot and killed Kinard as they drove along I-75 to the house. Investigators later found Kinard's drivers license and cell phone along the highway.

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Huntington Middle School hosts Hawk Fest

It's hard to believe, but we are only two days away from the first day of school in many central Georgia counties.

In Houston, hundreds of students and their parents got to meet their teachers at Huntington Middle School. Huntington hosted their Hawk Fest Saturday to get the community excited for starting the school year off well.

Warner Robins Army Reserve Center rededicated

A ceremony was held Saturday to honor the memory of a former Warner Robins High football player, U.S. Army Specialist Daniel Gomez.

He graduated from Warner Robins High School in 2003. Gomez enlisted in the army in 2005 and served as a platoon combat medic in Iraq.

Randall Kinard's friend remembers his life and spirit

Friends of one Macon man are remembering his life and spirit.

Randall Kinard was killed on Wednesday after investigators say he was abducted by Christopher Dukes, who then took his own life.

Friday night, Kinard's former coworker, Amber Whitley, shared why she treasured their friendship.

UPDATE: Houston fire deaths were murder-suicide

"He could cheer you up, anybody, no matter what you're going through," said Whitley.

She says his smile and thoughtfulness for other people's feelings are what she'll miss most about him.

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Houston Co. deputy facing sex charge


A Houston County deputy is accused of soliciting sex from a woman while on duty.

That's according to J.T. Ricketson, agent in charge of the GBI's Perry office.

He said 34-year-old Christopher Sawyer turned himself Friday around 9 a.m. to face charges of soliciting sodomy and violating his oath.

According to a press release, Sawyer had allegedly sought sexual favors from a woman while on duty as deputy sheriff. Sawyer, on two separate occasions, reportedly paid for and received oral sex from the woman. Capt. Jon Holland with the Houston County Sheriff's office said that the encounters were not forced.

UPDATE: Fire-deaths were murder-suicide

ID=30920581UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: The Houston County Sheriff's Office says one of the men whose body was found in a burned home in Warner Robins was shot on the way there.

They believe his body was then carried inside, and the shooter committed suicide after setting 10 fires throughout the house, according to a news release.

UPDATE: Houston Co. fire victims identified

The two men who died in a Houston County fire Wednesday afternoon have been identified as Randell Kinard, 33, of Macon and Christopher Michael Dukes, 41, of Warner Robins.

The fire happened at about 12:30 p.m. at 513 Heritage Drive near Dunbar Road in north Houston County.