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Local man killed in Griffin shooting

Members of the Lamar and Pike communities are mourning the loss of 24-year-old Reginald Darnell Hamm after he was shot to death following an incident at the Griffin Walmart. A candlelit vigil was held Sept. 22 at the Recreation Department in Barnesville and red and black balloons were released in his memory. Hamm left behind an infant daughter and fiance Brooke. He was known for his athletic ability and played adult softball whenever he could. Darnell was the son of Reggie Hamm who is facilities director at Gordon State College. He was a 2014 graduate of Lamar County High School. To help the family, go to and search, ‘˜Blessings to the Family of Darnell Hamm.’ ’Darnell was loved by so many. He was a loving father, son, brother and friend. It is truly devastating. Darnell was one of a kind. But I will say that we are forever grateful to have graduated with this class and to be apart of Darnell’s life, even for a short time,’ said Alexandria World. ‘It was too soon for him to be taken, but he’ll most definitely forever live in our hearts and memories.’ According to the Griffin Police Department, Hamm argued with two males while they were at the Griffin Walmart. After leaving the store, they saw each other again at the entrance to Griffin Crossings where Hamm was shot by John Hunter, a 21-year-old white male from Terrytown, LA. Hamm sustained a gunshot wound to his chest. He was transported to the WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital Emergency Room where he succumbed to his injuries. Four suspects were later arrested, including Hunter who was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Jacorey Leblanc, an 18-year-old black male, was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and was also wanted by the Shreveport, LA office of juvenile justice for escape. Shedreka Leblanc, a 30-year-old black female, was charged with felony hindering apprehension. Ashante Harris, a 23-year-old black female, was also charged with felony hindering apprehension. An investigation is ongoing.

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