Candlelight vigil held for Mt. Vernon murder victim

Thursday, February 27, more than 100 people gathered at McIntosh High School in McIntosh, Ala., to mourn the tragic murder of 23-year-old Cortez Thomas of Mt. Vernon with a candlelight vigil.

Mt. Vernon Police said Thomas was shot in the face, point blank, late Saturday night, February 22 at the Sports 43 Bar, also known as “Fig’s” to locals.

Police believe the murder was over a domestic dispute between relatives.

Family members said they are still appalled at Cortez Thomas’s murder.

“It hurts because, it’s like, who can you trust?” said Thomas’s cousin, Jaquile Thomas, “We have the same family, and for you to kill someone in your family, it hurts.”

Other relatives said Thomas was a good man, who left this earth too soon.

“He was a good person, good-hearted person, and a good guy to hang with,” said Lance Barnes, another relative, “He never liked to be around any violence or anything.”

There are three persons of interest in the case Anthony Thomas, Curtis Brown, and Shakoor Thomas, all of whom are related to the victim. No arrests have been made.

Shakoor Thomas’s lawyer, Dennis Knizley, told FOX10 his client will turn himself in if police warrant for his arrest.

“We don’t know anything about what allegations have been made yet, we just know that there was some suggesting in the community that the police have an investigation going on,” said Knizley, “We have contacted the police to let them know we were available. If any arrest warrant comes out, we will certainly turn ourselves in to the authorities.”

Mount Vernon Police said they have interviewed Anthony Thomas, and are still looking to interview Curtis Brown before they proceed with any arrests.

Police said Brown has been evasive, and they have not been able to bring him in for questioning. If you know anything regarding Brown’s whereabouts, call Mt. Vernon Police immediately.

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