Man shot to death in Sandy Springs apartment

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Sandy Springs police are asking for information in the murder of a man found shot to death in his apartment.

The man's wife, who asked not to be identified, told police she found her husband's body when she got home from work.

Police responded to the call that Eric Chepkuto, 36, was found shot to death inside his apartment on Colquitt Road Dec. 28.

They found two shell casings, but no weapon and no sign of forced entry and no indication he knew anyone who would want to hurt him.

"I have to tell myself every day that my husband is dead so I won't be expecting him home at a certain time," Chepkuto's wife told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.

She says she left the apartment they shared at the Circa 400 complex the night of Dec. 27 to work an overnight shift when she returned home at 8 a.m. she found him shot to death.

"This is really scary because whoever knew this knew him. They didn't break into our apartment, he let them in," said Chepkuto's wife.

Sandy Spring Police Sgt. Ron Momon confirmed no one forced their way into the apartment but says it's unclear if robbery could have been a motive. Investigators found Chepkuto in the bedroom, shot in the mouth, with two shell casings nearby.

"No weapon was found at the scene. According to the wife herself and her husband they absolutely hate guns," Momon said.

Chepkuto was originally from Kenya. His wife says he graduated in 2010 from Kennesaw State University and worked at a pest control company with dreams of opening his own business. His wife says he had no enemies and can't understand who would take his life.

"I was in love with my husband. They broke a lot of dreams. We were trying to have a baby. We were trying to just start life," his wife said.

She and police are hopeful someone who knows what happened will come forward.

"It haunts me. We shouldn't be here. He shouldn't be dead," Chepkuto's wife said.

Detectives are still doing interviews with people who know the couple and are waiting on forensic tests from evidence at the scene. Police have some leads in this case but no suspects.



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