UPDATE: Man arrested for shooting death in Fort Valley

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UPDATE: Fort Valley Police have arrested a man for the shooting death of 44-year-old Kevin Neal.

According to a department news release, 20-year-old Trayvon Thomas, of Fort Valley, was taken into custody. He’s charged with felony murder and violation of the Georgia Street Gang and Terrorism Act. Thomas is being held in the Peach County Law Enforcement Center.


FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Fort Valley man is dead after a shooting Thursday night.

It happened just before 6:45 p.m. at 210 Rayfield Wright Street, according to a news release from Fort Valley Police.

Upon arriving, officers found the victim, identified as 44-year-old Kevin Neal AKA “Batman”, shot in the upper torso.

The release said officers began to render aid and secure the crime scene. Neal was declared dead on scene.

“Detectives from the Fort Valley Police Department are being assisted by the GBI, FVSU Police Department, Peach County Sheriff’s Office, and the Peach County Drug Enforcement Unit,” Chief Lawrence Spurgeon said. “The investigation is ongoing at this time.”

Call the police department at (478) 825-3383 if you have any information.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He's from Alabama, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!