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Family and friends mourn death of Savannah shooting victim

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Around 7 p.m. Monday night, residents heard gun shots in Colonial Village Apartments off White Bluff Rd. in Windsor Forest. Minutes later, police and ambulances arrived.

People who live there, many of them students, say they are very uncomfortable after what happened. In the parking lot, a red VW Beetle was found with a gun shot through it, a back window shattered and about 100 feet away in a wooded area between the road and the apartments was the body of Rebecca Foley, 21.

The Savannah State University student was dead at the scene, somehow shot while her car was moving and ended up on the ground away from her car.

WTOC caught up with Foley's boss, Mitchell Bush, of Bush Insurance Agency-Nationwide Insurance Savannah. He calls the situation unthinkable.

"She drove a little red doodle bug,  as we called it, and we made some phone calls and found out it was definitely one of our staff members had been murdered," Bush told WTOC.

Bush says Foley worked for him for a few years, was a hard worker and great girl. Her grandmother, Lois, told WTOC she was on her way from New York after hearing the news her granddaughter was dead. She remembered her as a special girl.

However, with the lack of answers to as why and how this happened and who did it, the shooting has residents on edge.
 
"It's a little bit disturbing," Alex Merkler, neighbor, told WTOC. "I'll probably be inside a little bit more."

Bush says he won't hide. He wants Foley's killer brought to justice.

"This is just a shame man. She didn't deserve this," he said. 

The police investigation is ongoing. WTOC spoke to Foley's father, Eddie, who says family members are on their way to Savannah but it's too fresh in his mind and they are still trying to figure things out before making a comment.

There are many unanswered questions early on in the police investigation.

"I know their not telling you guys a lot of information because they don't have a whole lot of information, but maybe they are putting the pieces together," Bush said. "I know this community needs help."

Bush says Foley had just returned from her first ever cruise a few weeks ago, was excited and happy as she was continuing her studies at Savannah State University after transferring from Armstrong Atlantic State University to study a different major.

He says she was on her own since the age of 17.

"She was so delightful and for her life to be taken like this it is a shame. It's a tragedy," he said.

The latest Savannah shooting death is stirring emotions about crime which has continued to be stirred over recent weeks.

"They keep saying guns are the root of all evil. That's not the problem. It's the people behind the damn guns," Bush said. 

For Bush and others in Savannah, this is another crime so far unsolved. It's still fresh and early in the investigation, but others, like the murder of firefighter Wesley Franklin in Sandfly, have been unsolved after several months.

Rewards have been put up through Crimestoppers and Savannah businessman O.C. Welch, who offered $1,000 of his own money as soon as news broke of this latest murder. Welch told WTOC by phone Tuesday that crime, as a citizen and businessman, is his new focus.

"This has to stop. If we throw money out there, maybe it will," Welch said by phone.

In the Franklin case alone, alone with $13,000 from Crimestoppers, Welch is offering several thousand dollars hoping for any tips or information leading to an arrest or police solving this crime. 

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include "CStop2020" plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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