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O.C. Welch reacts to capture of Wesley Franklin's killer

O.C. Welch O.C. Welch
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Events that led up to the arrest of Brandon Mackey, the man Savannah-Chatham Metro Police believe shot and killed firefighter Wesley Franklin, came together relatively quickly over the last few days from Savannah to Texas.

With the arrest, in play is a lot of reward money, both through Crimestoppers and the efforts of Savannah businessman OC Welch. Close to $40,000 helped generate a lot of information and tips. Police still will not say if a specific tip lead to the arrest of Mackey, but either way, Welch says when he got the call from Wesley's mother at 1 a.m. Friday, he immediately said a prayer and took to Facebook.

"I don't know how they got this information, how they made the arrest, but I am very pleased they have an arrest," Welch told WTOC.

Welch joined the effort to find Wesley Franklin's Killer late last year with TV commercials and billboards. In the beginning, $1,000 was put up by community members Jerry Williams and Robin Quattlebaum and quickly more and more people added to the Crimestoppers fund for the reward for information leading to an arrest. 

Welch also started a reward fund of his own, with his own money and getting donations. While they wait to see if the information was key in leading police to Brandon Mackey, Welch is happy to have played a part in the effort.

"I just wanted to thank police in this case. This has been a long year and I am real happy this has finally come to an end," Welch said.

Welch isn't done yet. He has vowed to keep the heat on crime until "the day he dies" and is focused on another unsolved murder from this year, the Rebecca Foley case. 

Crimestopper's Demery Bishop says he has not received a report as to whether or not a tip lead to an arrest. He hopes to have a report by Monday from investigators who are expected back from Texas over the weekend.

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