UPDATE | Family of man murdered in Gallipolis describes him as family man

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GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 5/9/19 @ 7 p.m.
It was an emotional day in court, after an arrest was made in the fatal shooting of 33-year-old Tyrone Powell Jr.

"My son was great and for some reason he's gone now,” Powell’s mother Darlene Tipton said.

Powell was fatally shot at his home on Third Avenue in Gallipolis in April.

On Thursday, a 15-year-old boy was arrested in connection with his murder.

After hearing the news of the arrest, Powell Jr.’s family traveled from his hometown of Dayton for the arraignment.

They were distraught by the news of Powell’s death.

"I screamed, I screamed very loud because I couldn’t believe it,” Tipton said.

As the case moves forward, they're hoping that justice will be served.

"He didn’t deserve it. He didn’t deserve it at all,” she said.

Despite past drug arrests, his family and neighbors say he was a good father who loved his 13 children and always tried to spend time with them.

Patty McGuire says she saw him as a son.

"He was a good guy. I mean, I know it's wrong what he did, but we loved him like a son,” she said.

The family says they don't know why someone would do this to him, but they're hoping it all comes to light soon.

"It made me hate him. Whoever took his life, I want to hate them and I know it's against God to hate, but I have to work on my hate,” Tipton said.

The decision of whether or not the teen will be tried as an adult will be made in 20 days after the prosecutor reviews the case further and the judge makes a final decision.

The juvenile is facing five charges, including aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. There is a gun specification on each charge.



UPDATE 5/9/19 @ 9:42 a.m.
Police made an arrest in connection with a murder in Gallia County, Ohio.

Gallipolis Police Chief Jeff Boyer tells WSAZ a 15-year-old boy is facing several charges in connection with the death of Tyrone Q. Powell Jr., 33, of Gallipolis.

The prosecutor's office filed a five-count complaint with the Gallia County Common Pleas Court Juvenile Division.

The charges include aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

We're told the teenager will be arraigned Thursday afternoon. Cameras will not be allowed inside because the suspect is a juvenile.

Powell Jr. was found April 15 in the 700 block of 3rd Avenue.

It's a joint investigation between the Gallipolis Police Department, Ohio BCI, and the Gallia-Meigs Crime Task Force.

The victim's body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.

No other details have been released at this point.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.



UPDATE 4/16/19 @ 1:05 p.m.
The name of a victim found in the 700 block of 3rd Avenue has been released.

He is identified as Tyrone Q. Powell Jr., 33, of Gallipolis, according to Gallipolis Police.

Powell's body has been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Gallipolis Police Department at 740-446-1313 or 740-441-6020.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/15/19
A death investigation is underway in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Gallipolis Police Chief Jeff Boyer tells WSAZ the scene is in the 700 block of 3rd Avenue.

No other details about the case have been released.

It's a joint investigation between the Gallipolis Police Department, Ohio BCI, and the Gallia-Meigs Crime Task Force.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.



 
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