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06/21/05

Father of Man Found Dead Asks Witnesses to Come Forward

Julius Baker, Sr. Julius Baker, Sr.
Julius Baker, Jr. Julius Baker, Jr.

Police are still searching for answers in the weekend murder of a Savannah teenager. Julius Baker just graduated from Beach High School and was getting ready to join the Army when he was killed on Saturday.

Julius Baker, Sr., got the news while we was doing contract work in Kuwait. Since he arrived home in Savannah last night, he's been overwhelmed by his son's death.

He loved watching his son follow in his footsteps. "My son was outgoing and fun loving," he told us.

Today, Julius, Jr., was supposed report for duty in the US Army, his dad's career for more than 20 years. "He was at the top of his life, just getting started, and today would've been his first day of basic training," his father told us. "He had his whole life ahead of him."

What should have been a day of celebration instead is a day of mourning. On Saturday, police found his son's body in a vacant lot in the 900 block of East Henry Street.

"For a parent to raise their kid up and watch them start their career, it's a parents dream," he said. "For someone to come along and cut that short with no excuse or explanation, that's wrong."

Police are still trying to find out who killed Julius, Jr., and why. His family is praying that someone has those answers and will come forward and provide some closure to this senseless act.

"There's too many houses out here and too many people here that know what happened and aren't saying anything and I'm pleading for their help," Julius, Sr., said.

If you have any information about who killed Julius Baker, call the violent crimes office at 651.6728 or CrimeStoppers at 234.2020.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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