LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- Gwinnett County police have identified the body of a man who was found next to a Snellville road on Wednesday morning.
Police say Jabari Pettway, 23, from Duluth, died from several gunshot wounds. No motive or suspects have been identified.
Pettway’s body was found near the intersection of Lenora and Lenora Church roads in unincorporated Snellville.
Police received a 911 call at 8:42 am from a worker who was patrolling a pasture of land along Lenora Road. The employee found Pettway’s body lying face up next to a private driveway into the pasture. The man tried to get Pettway’s attention, but found him to be unresponsive.
Candace Warner, a close friend of Pettway’s for four years, said he was the life of the party everywhere he went.
“We both started at the same job together, and he was just hilarious,” she said. “People just fell in love with him.”
Warner broke down when she heard the news of Pettway’s death. “At first, I just heard he was missing, and thought maybe he was just out partying and just didn’t get home,” she said.
Warner believes robbery may have been a motive in Pettway’s murder. “He always had the best, name-brand clothes, everything else,” she said. “People get jealous of those things, and they want to take those things away from you.
“He was studying to be a barber, and he was going to be a major success. He was taken from us way too soon.”
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