A man is behind bars after allegedly confessing to killing his mentor in Warner Robins.
Police charged Daniel Thomas with the murder of 55-year-old Elliot Mizell.
On Saturday, Mizell was supposed to be walking a friend's daughter down the aisle, but he never got the chance.
According to a warrant, Daniel Thomas shot Mizell.
“For this man to do what he’s alleged of doing sends shock waves around this community,” said Robert Ross.
Ross is longtime friend and fraternity brother of Mizell. He says Mizell was involved in their fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, the Warner Robins alumni chapter of Fort Valley State University, and the retired teacher’s association.
The warrant says Thomas' mom claimed that Mizell came by her house on Dec. 1 and said he was trying to mentor Thomas.
“You’re mentoring this young man and he turned his back on you, almost unbelievable,” Ross said.
The warrant also says Thomas called his mother using Mizell's cell phone to tell her that he shot a man with a friend's gun. It also says he called his sister in Texas to confess to the killing.
Thomas' mother told police two days later.
“Elliot’s work is never done,” Ross said. “Someone will have to step up to the plate for him becauseElliot was involved with everything, and even though he’s not the president, you would think he was the president because he made things work.”
Just last year their alumni chapter named a scholarship after Mizell.
“He's a man who lost his life helping others,” Ross said. “Now were going to have to go out and ask for support for him in his honor. It won’t be easy.”
That scholarship will keep his legacy of service alive, and inspire others to do the same.