• ‘This has broken us totally apart:' 2 cousins killed execution style, police say

    By: Tyisha Fernandes

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    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police are on a manhunt for whoever killed two men by shooting them in the head.

    Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes learned the two victims were close cousins who were always around each other. 

    "They senselessly just took his life – along with my cousin," relative Rebecca Mahoney said.

    Mahoney said when she woke up Monday morning, police told her that her brother Sean Robert Collier was killed execution style in his Decatur home on Old Lake Drive. She said the pain she felt was unbearable.

    Things only got worse when she found out her cousin Michael Wigfall was killed the same way.

    Police believe the shootings happened around 1 a.m.


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    "These boys had kids. They loved they kids and our family is tight. This has broken us totally apart. I don't know how we can ever come back from this. This is traumatic. I don't wish this on my worst enemy," Mahoney said.

    Police said someone reported apparent trouble at Collier's home.

    Officers arrived and found that it looked like someone forced their way into the home because the door was open.

    As they entered the living room, they found Collier shot in the head.

    "He was the most loving person, compassionate. He would do anything for you. He would give you the shirt off his back. That's how compassionate he was," Mahoney said.

    Police also found Wigfall shot in the head near a sliding glass door.

    "It's two of them at one time. One has a birthday coming Thursday, my cousin. He just moved down here from Chattanooga, and my brother's birthday is next month," Mahoney said.

    Mahoney said there were signs in the home of the two victims fighting back before they died.

    "You could see the struggle and it's just ... I don't know who would do this," Mahoney said.

    Relatives told Fernandes they believe the shootings started as a robbery.

    Collier's mother lives in Alaska and is heading to Atlanta. The rest of the family was gathered Tuesday at the home where the crime happened.

    The family of the victims set up a GoFundMe account.

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