Double homicide takes life of well known tour guide

Published: Sep. 4, 2012 at 3:48 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating two people fatally shot and killed in a car early Saturday morning on Henry Street.

Michael Biancosino, 30, and Emily Pickels, 21, were found in the car that had crashed through the brick fencing around the Frazier Homes apartments on MLK Boulevard at the west end of Henry Street.

Downtown Precinct Patrol Officers reported hearing multiple shots at 3:47 a.m. Police say the car had been traveling west on Henry Street when the shots were fired.

According to Pickels friends, she was a tour guide at the Davenport House, the Owens-Thomas House, Segway of Savannah, and Historic Savannah Carriage Tours.

"She loved everything about life and everything about Savannah. Someone who loved this city is gone," Pickels' best friend Adam Caracci said.

Caracci says Pickels recently moved to her Henry Street address so she could live closer to downtown.

"I would visit her everytime I came home from college because I wanted to make sure she was OK down here. She proved she was strong and independent," Caracci says.

Caracci says she thought the area she lived in was safe and told him she was surrounded by mostly SCAD students.

"The fact you can't get in your car and go somewhere in Savannah without being targeted by crime is ridiculous. I'm not saying they should do a better job because I don't know what it's like to be the mayor or the police chief, but I am asking for better public awareness," Caracci said.

Friends of Pickels gathered at the Davenport House on Tuesday to share memories.

They say she begain volunteering there when she was a teenager and enjoyed history.

"She grew up at the Davenport House. We had a niche for her," Davenport House director Jamie Credle said.

She was known around Savannah for her outgoing attitude and willingness to educate tourists.

"Even on her days off she would be telling people about Savannah. When you were around her it was hard not to be laughing. We watched her grow through the years and she developed into a beautiful young woman," Jeff Freeman with the Davenport House said.

As of Monday, police said they didn't have any new information to release on the case.

SCMPD Violent Crimes Unit detectives are continuing to investigate. 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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