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Family, police still seek answers in 2005 murder


Dozens of family members stood Wednesday evening in the spot where Sean Summersett died in 2005 and asked any witnesses to come forward. Summersett was shot to death outside a duplex on North Hall Street during a July 4th cookout.

"We need closure," explained his mother, Barbara. "Finding who did it won't bring him back but it will bring some justice."

Loved ones lit candles and remembered Sean. His son, Sean Junior, was seven at the time and will soon turn 16.

"Other people grow up with a father. I had mine taken from me," he said during a candlelight vigil.

The case has taken the family on an emotional rollercoaster. Investigators arrested one suspect and a grand jury indicted him. But before the case could go to trial, a key witness died of illness. Then, a second witness was killed in an unrelated domestic dispute. Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges.

Lyons police said they continue to work with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on the case. Chief Wesley Walker came to Lyons little over a year ago, but said he hasn't given up hope.

"One thing I've told people since I got here is we need the community to work with us as our eyes and ears. They see and hear a lot more than we do."

The reward for information that leads to a conviction has now reached $5,000. Anyone with leads is asked to call Lyons Police at 912-526-3638.

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