Police say two Fort Stewart soldiers found dead in a Rebecca Street townhome Sunday were shot to death, and investigators are treating it as a double homicide.
An autopsy Tuesday at the GBI crime lab in Savannah determined the two men died of gunshot wounds, according to Hinesville Police Department Chief Detective Capt. Chris Reid, who said that shows a third person was in the residence.
Reid, who also said there were no signs of a struggle, would not say how many times the victims were shot or provide any other information regarding the shootings. He also did not say whether police had a suspect.
The men were identified Monday as soldiers stationed on Fort Stewart.
Liberty County Coroner Reginald Pierce identified the men as Malika Jackson, 21, Montgomery, Alabama, and MarQuez Brown, 23, of Macon.
Hinesville police responding to an
anonymous tip found the two men Sunday night in a townhome in the 300 block of Rebecca Street. Reid said Sunday night the deaths did not appear to be natural but would release no other details other than to note there were no other signs of illegal activity at the home.
An incident report from HPD officer Rahshe Solomon said police were dispatched to the home around 9 p.m. and when they arrived, Officer Norman Ewing looked through a window and saw the two men on the floor and a lot of blood. Police then forced their way into the townhome. Both men were unresponsive.
According to HPD incident reports, police were called to the same residence Saturday night due to a loud music complaint, but when officers arrived everything was quiet, and a press release from HPD said both men were seen by friends the next morning.
Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson sent out a press release early Monday confirming the men were Fort Stewart soldiers, but did not release names at the time.
“We are cooperating with law enforcement officials in the investigation,” the release said. “Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the two soldiers. Additional details are not being released at this time.”
HPD said Brown was a specialist and Jackson was a private.
It said both HPD and Fort Stewart’s Criminal investigation Division are investigating the case. Brown’s Facebook page had a number of posts left there Tuesday as word of his death spread .
Among them were these:
“RIP Marquez Brown, I’m proud to have served with you! I will remember you, full with energy, hardworking, respectful, young soldier!”
“... please stop the gun violence! This is disheartening... Rest in peace, MarQuez”