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No. 3 story of 2016: Sam Poss slaying rocks Perry

Neighborhood gathers for slain teen Sam Poss at prayer vigil

Friends, family and the neighborhood come together for a prayer vigil to remember Sam Poss on Oct. 20 at Ochlahatchee Ball Park in Perry. Poss, 18, was found dead Wednesday night after being missing since Saturday morning.
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Friends, family and the neighborhood come together for a prayer vigil to remember Sam Poss on Oct. 20 at Ochlahatchee Ball Park in Perry. Poss, 18, was found dead Wednesday night after being missing since Saturday morning.

The Perry Police Department had not worked a homicide since 2008, but that changed soon after the disappearance of Sam Poss in October.

Poss’ parents said there was no chance the 18-year-old would have gone off somewhere without telling them. A friend, Dakota White, reported that Poss had left White’s house to walk home barefoot in the early morning hours of Oct. 15.

But a few days later White, now 18, and Brandon Warren, also 18, where charged with murder. Poss’ body was found in a wooded area near Perry. Police said the two teens strangled, suffocated and/or stabbed Poss to death. The disappearance and slaying rocked the tight-knit community.

During a hearing Thursday, the Houston County district attorney said White and Warren had considered targeting a 12-year-old to kill. The two teens also had a suicide pact, he said.

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