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Macon homicide victim identified as missing person

'Whoever did this, I hope God don't have mercy on your soul'

Malaysa Monroe remembers her friend and says she hopes God shows no mercy to the killer. Bibb County Chief Deputy Coroner Lonnie Miley says it's a sure homicide.
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Malaysa Monroe remembers her friend and says she hopes God shows no mercy to the killer. Bibb County Chief Deputy Coroner Lonnie Miley says it's a sure homicide.

Malaysa Monroe could not have known that Saturday would be the last time she would speak with her best friend.

“She gave me a call and me and her talked,” Monroe said of her friend, adding that the two had planned to get drinks at the Crazy Bull bar downtown.

“She wanted me to come link up with her, but I didn’t ever come out. I wish I would have.”

Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, someone called 911 to report a person was down, possibly dead, at the end of a driveway.

The body of Candace Towns, a 30-year-old transgender woman, was found at the top of a hill on Rosecrest Avenue, which is lined with blighted and burnt houses near a large tan-colored water tower between Bright Street and Edgewood Avenue.

Bibb County sheriff’s Lt. Randy Gonzalez said Towns was reported missing Sunday and was last seen alive Saturday.

Towns had been fatally shot.

Bibb County Chief Deputy Coroner Lonnie Miley said Towns’ family said she had been staying at the Rodeway Inn off Eisenhower Parkway. Miley said he was sure the death was a homicide.

Friends and family hugged each other and sobbed as a hearse arrived with a crime scene unit.

“If I needed anything she would give it to me. She would give me the clothes off her back,” Monroe said of Towns. “I just don’t know who would want to do something like this to a good friend of mine, but I hope whoever did this, I hope God don’t have mercy on your soul, baby.”

Towns made The Telegraph in July 2009 when she was reportedly shot in the ankle on Pebble Street, a block or two from where her body was found Tuesday.

Laura Corley: 478-744-4334, @Lauraecor

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