Crime

Slain mom’s young kids found her body in Macon home. It’s Bibb’s 13th homicide of 2019

Two young children on Monday alerted a neighborhood maintenance man of the shooting death of their mother at their southwest Macon home, officials said.

The mother, 26-year-old Morgan Smith, died in a house at 2881 Walmar Drive in the Village Green neighborhood off Bloomfield Road, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

The authorities were called to the house just before 11 a.m. after a man identified only as a “maintenance man” and a Macon Water Authority worker were informed by the children that something was amiss.

“She has a gunshot wound,” Jones said of the victim.

It wasn’t clear when the shooting happened or how long Smith may have been dead. Investigators in the early stages of the probe declined to say whether there was a suspect.

Jones said the children, who he said were about 3 or 4 years old, were later led away from the house by sheriff’s officials in the moments before a hearse wheeled up.

“The trauma these kids are going to have to go through ... they found they mama dead,” Jones said.

The killing marks the 13th homicide so far this year in the county.

The Village Green neighborhood in Macon’s deep southwest side is bounded on the west by Interstate 475. The area has long been a crime-torn, impoverished community.

“Lord have mercy,” a neighbor was heard saying after police cars blocked the street. “Right in our back yard.”

Jones said there have been 99 homicides in Bibb County over the past 3 years.

“This is a young mother. We need to focus on the problem at hand,” he said.

Laura Corley covers education news for The Telegraph, where she advocates for government transparency and writes about issues affecting today’s youth. She grew up in Middle Georgia and graduated from Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism.
Joe Kovac Jr. covers crime and courts for The Telegraph with an eye for human-interest stories. A Warner Robins native, he joined the paper in 1991 after graduating from the University of Georgia.
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