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February 18, 2013

Three dead in Cairo shooting

THOMASVILLE — An investigation is under way into what appears to be a double murder/suicide in Cairo, but on Monday, a lot of questions were unanswered.

The shootings occurred about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at a residence at 1019 Eighth Ave. N.E., Cairo.

It is believed one man fatally shot two other males, then turned the gun on himself.

However, said Steve Turner, special agent in charge of the Thomasville regional office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, until preliminary autopsy results are available, the GBI will not release who it is believed shot whom.

Preliminary results are expected in a couple of says.

The dead are:

• Jacinto Olquin, 38, Eighth Avenue N.E.

• Jose Reyes Beltran, 57, 1019 Eighth Ave. N.E.

• Aliro Ramirez, 39, 1019 Eighth Ave. N.E.

Turner said Olquin lived on the same street as the other two men, but not at the same house.

“They were friends,” Turner said, in reference to the men.

Olquin was visiting the other men Saturday night, and the trio was watching TV.

“One pulled a gun out and shot the other two, then himself,” Turner said, adding that the men were not arguing.

To date, the investigation shows no motive, no reason for the shootings.

The weapon, a handgun, was found at the scene.

On Monday morning, Turner said investigators do not know what happened.

The men were drinking, he explained.

Several people at the house witnessed the shootings. Witnesses have no idea why the shooter shot the other men, then himself.

“One of them just lost it,” Turner said.

The GBI is assisting Cairo Police Department in the probe.

Cairo police Chief Keith Sandefur could not be reached for comment Monday.

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