Autopsies Held on Murder-Suicide Victims

4:55 PM, Dec 20, 2010   |    comments
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  • Police say the shooting happened at 2280 Arrowwood Drive in Macon.
  • A photograph of Vonn Gibbons, Jr., shown on a friend's cell phone.
    

Autopsies were performed Monday on the victims of a murder-suicide in Macon early Saturday.

Bibb County coroner Leon Jones said Jalon Griffin, age 7, died of a gunshot to the head. The gunman, 19-year-old Vonn Gibbons killed himself with a gunshot to the chest, the coroner said.

It happened at 2280 Arrowwood Drive just after midnight Saturday. That's in the Bloomfield area.

On Sunday, Macon police said they have conducted numerous interviews in the case including the mother and sister of Gibbons.  Authorities say they also talked to the mother and family members of Jalon Griffin.

Police said they continue to search for a motive in the case.

According to Jones, Gibbons' mother, Cheryl Cole, was babysitting the 7-year-old at her home.

Cole spoke with 13WMAZ on Saturday. Distraught and tearful, she said she was asleep when it happened and did not know her son had a gun. She said she did not hear gunshots.

She said, "I just want my baby back. I just want my son and Jalon back, that's all I can say."

Cole said she was taken into police custody, questioned and then released. Friends said she was in custody about two and a half hours.

Cole's friend Helena Gore said Vonn Gibbons was attending Macon State College after graduating from Westside High School.

"Vonn was loving, happy, funny," Gore said.

Gibbons' aunt Cynthia Hughes says despite their age difference, her nephew and Griffin were close friends. She says they often played video games together.

"He [Griffin] just had a lot of fun with Vonn," Hughes said. "Vonn spent a lot of time playing with him."

"This is the twenty-second homicide for the year," Jones said. "This community needs prayer." 

Macon police said the case is complicated and they are still investigating.

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