Fiancee recounts Warner Robins man’s killing

bpurser@macon.comMay 30, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Twenty-seven-year-old Raveen Dinkins opened the door to her Warner Robins home Thursday night to find a man pointing a gun toward her.

Moments later, she would find her fiance, Marcus Hopkins, 34, of Warner Robins, in a pool of blood on his back inside the front of their Utah Avenue home. He’d been shot multiple times and later died at a Macon hospital.

Jade Danielly, 22, of Macon, has been charged by Warner Robins police with murder, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the 7:30 p.m. incident.

On Friday morning, Dinkins recounted the shooting.

“I was in the house and I heard a big shove on the house to the point where the house shook so I instantly come outside,” Dinkins said. “Once I opened the door, there was a guy standing outside. He pointed the gun towards me.”

She closed the door and ran back into her room to get her gun and protect her 8-year-old daughter. She couldn’t find her gun.

“I thought he was going to come back into the house and attack me and my daughter, so I instantly made sure she was OK and protecting her, told her to hide and make sure she hide,” Dinkins said. “As I’m running, I’m hearing gunshots just going off.

“When I come back up to (the front of the) house, my fiance was laying there in blood,” she said.

Hopkins was conscious but not responding, Dinkins said.

His eyes were open. Dinkins said it seemed like he was trying to say something but couldn’t.

Dinkins said she believed he’d been shot in the back multiple times “because that’s where all the blood was coming from” and she didn’t feel any wounds on the front of his body. She was on the phone with 911 as she tried to help him.

She said he was shot outside but had managed to get back inside before collapsing. Yellow evidence flags used by police dotted the front yard Friday morning.

“He was a wonderful guy, I mean lovable, would do anything for anybody,” Dinkins said. “And I just don’t understand why somebody would do that to him. I mean he’s really a great guy.”

She and Hopkins had lived in the home with her daughter for four years. He did construction work. She was going back to school. He was originally from Macon.

The man who shot him fled in a two-door, red older model Ford Mustang drop top, Dinkins said. The top was down.

Officers responding to the 911 call saw a car in the area right after the shooting that led them to Tanglewood Apartments, where Danielly was arrested, a Warner Robins news release stated.

Next-door neighbor Doug Hart said he heard a loud noise and came out to look around. He thought someone might have been beating on his storm door.

Not seeing anything, he waved to a neighbor and went back inside.

Maybe two or three minutes later, Hart said he heard sirens and a police car speed up. Three others quickly followed.

“I still didn’t know what had happened,” Hart said. “So I walked over to my neighbor’s and they told me what had happened. ... That somebody got shot.”

Hart watched as Hopkins was carried out of the home on a stretcher to the ambulance.

Hart said he’d recently mowed Hopkins’ lawn for $20 but said he really didn’t know him that well.

“They were good people as far as I know,” Hart said.

Anyone with information about the killing is urged to call Detective Justin Clark at 302-5380 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

Staff writer Liz Fabian contributed to this story. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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