ATLANTA ̵1; Neighbors say they hate them after a man loses a stranger without home to death behind a gas station in southeast Atlanta.
The police found 52-year-old Billy Bethune at Boulevard Street at Grant Park at 9 am behind a gas station. Investigators believe he died from a forced head trauma force. A worker found his body where he was sleeping.
Christian Jennings of Channel 2 is in Grant Park, where the police offer a $ 2,000 reward for information leading up to an arrest. The neighbors Jennings who loved both the customers and workers at the fire station told Bethune, who said the door was open to everyone, favored the people and always had a smile.
The neighbors said he was living behind the Chevron gas station off the Boulevard, but his neighbors were his home.
"She's just the eyes and ears of this place," said a neighbor. "She loves being and always helping us, she car wash, we cared for her, she cared for us."
I can not express enough love for customers and workers here. They told me that he always administered the door for everyone, made the favors for the people and always had a smile to give. https://t.co/p0wdIIEeRR
– Christian Jennings (@CJenningsWSB) 24 February 2019
Neighbor Denyne Williams said that he viewed Bethune as a family.
"I'm glad we know where he is, and he's not just under the bridge somewhere," Williams says with tears. "As long as I'm head-headed, I'm hoping that a hit is what he's putting and does not know anything that's different from that point."
Really. He is "homeless", but this place and the people are his home. The police hope will catch anyone who does this. https://t.co/M6XobJNrRI
– Christian Jennings (@CJenningsWSB) February 24, 2019
Jim Yarbrough lives with Grant Park neighbor who promotes Chevron. He said for many years, neighbors had issues with some vacant land surrounding the gas station. He expects a good thing that may have come to the death of Bethune.
"I hope that something good comes out of this loss," says Yarbrough.
Kelly Jackson said she was not comfortable walking with her children in that neighborhood area. He hoped one day, which could change.
"We have people living in forests," Jackson says. "There were people back here with fights, clearly drunk or drugged."
Jackson said he wanted more lights to be installed in the area.
The police require anyone who knows anything about the attack to call Crime Stoppers.
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