Reactions to Rangeline Murder

8 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, October 26 2010 Oct 26, 2010 Tuesday, October 26, 2010 4:00:26 AM CDT October 26, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - Columbia Police found a homeless man's body Sunday morning just off the I-70 Rangeline exit in Columbia.

Police have not released his name, but KOMU spoke with several people tonight who said they knew him as Jerry Lee.

Two employees of the Phillips 66 Gas station across Rangeline Street say they both saw him just hours before his death.

One of them says he came in a little after 7 p.m., bought Chef Boyardee, milk, cigarettes, and a half gallon of Congress Vodka.

The other employee says when he saw Jerry Lee, he was not acting like himself.

"I was on my way out to a buddy's to watch the game, and I had seen him standing out there at the corner of the highway, had a cardboard sign asking for money, and all that, which I thought was odd, because I have never seen him, I mean never in my life, as long as I've known him, I've never seen him ask anybody for money, panhandle or anything like that," he says.

Investigators are still working to determine what kind of weapon was used in the murder, but they did say the man was not killed by a gunshot.

Both employees say they were shocked, and will remember him as a good man.

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