Eyewitness News at 6, 12-8-12

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Good evening everyone.

I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

Thanks for joining us for this late edition of Eyewitness News at Six.

Family and friends gathered together to lay to rest Linda Hunnicutt.

The Jones County woman died Tuesday after she was shot in the chest in broad daylight at an East Macon gas station.

Austin Lewis has more on how those who loved her...are coping with this tragedy.

<Patsy Hayslip: We know where she is, we know she was a forgiving lady but here we are, still here trying to cope. >

At Hart's Mortuary in Macon...family and friends gathered...to say their goodbyes to Linda Hunnicutt...whose loss was felt by those who loved her most.

And...as the funeral went on inside...

<Patsy Hayslip: It was crowded yea there was standing room only inside the funeral home.

Patsy Hayslip:Everything the pastor said was true about her. She was an awesome lady, awesome mother >

<Donna Pilkey: She was a people person, she loved everyone and she really spent a lot of time helping other people>

Friends say what they will remember most about Hunnicutt..was that she was a kind and fun woman.

<Patsy Hayslip:Always sweet and smiling and always a cut-up her and my husband loved to have a good time together you know laughing and joking she was a beautiful sweet lady.. >

Who's joy stemmed from those closets to her.

<donna Pilkey: She was a family person and she loved her family and kids.>

But while Hunnicutt was in the hearts of those at the funeral...

Why she died wasn't far from people's minds.

The 65-year old wife, mother, and grandmother died Tuesday after she was shot at Murphy Express gas station in East Macon.

<Donna Pilkey: It is still kind of surreal right now, it's still kinda hard to soak in because it just happened so suddenly and you know I know the family feels that pain as well I mean even far worse than we could ever feel but it just happened so suddenly and it just seems to be something so terrible that should have never happened it should have never happened. >

<Patsy Hayslip:It feels like we need to wake-up from this dream and it will all be over you know we just need to wake-up but you know it's not gonna happen >

Austin Lewis 13wmaz eyewitness news.

Now the man accused in Hunnicutt's killing is Frank Louis Reeves.

Reeves is a 73-year old Macon man who served in the military in Korea.

In recent years, friends and family say he's struggled with health problems...including two strokes that led to needing a wheelchair.

As we've been reporting...the fatal confrontation between he and Hunnicutt started when police say, his wheelchair and her car collided Tuesday afternoon.

Reeves is being held without bond in the Bibb County jail...charged with felony murder.

Two days after we reported Bibb County's plan to install carbon monoxide detectors in 22 schools...one lawmaker wants all Georgia schools to follow suit.

The legislation was filed Friday, four days after a carbon monoxide leak in an Atlanta elementary school sent at least 42 students and seven adults to the hospital.

The school did not have carbon monoxide detectors.


Here you see David Gowan, Risk Management director for Bibb Schools, inspecting a boiler room.

Many Georgia schools still have rooms like this one...where a gas furnace works to heat the building.

And a faulty furnace...can lead to carbon monoxide build-up.

Tomorrow...the festivities move to Macon...as the Middle Georgia Christmas Parade marches through the streets of downtown.

The actual parade steps off at three tomorrow...which means there are some parking changes you'll want to know about along the parade route.

Street closings are as follows.

Cherry Street from Fifth Street to First Street

First Street from Cherry to Mulberry

Mulberry from First to Fifth

MLK from Walnut to Poplar

And Fifth Street from Mulberry to Oglethorpe

You can find free parking in the Poplar Street Parking Deck at 475 Poplar Street.

In the Poplar Street surface lot at 674 Poplar Street.

The surface lot on Fifth Street will also be available.

So will the Mulberry Street Garage at 460 Mulberry Street.

The closures are in effect from 9 through 6 p.m.

Thank you for joining us for Eyewitness News at Six.

We'll see you right back here at eleven.

Until then, look to 13WMAZ-dot-com for all your news, weather, and sports.

We're bringing you the prerecorded Warner Robins Christmas parade next.

And there it is... A skycam shot...live from Warner Robins right now.

Have a great evening everybody.

Enjoy the parade.


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