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Third suspect in Deonn Carter slaying appears in Recorder’s Court

Law enforcement officers remember Deonn Carter as "an angel"

Hundreds of Columbus public safety officers, coworkers, friends and family gathered to say goodbye to Deonn Carter, who one speaker called "the manifestation of love." Carter died of gunshot wounds 11 days after being shot during an attempted arme
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Hundreds of Columbus public safety officers, coworkers, friends and family gathered to say goodbye to Deonn Carter, who one speaker called "the manifestation of love." Carter died of gunshot wounds 11 days after being shot during an attempted arme

Police are searching for two remaining suspects in the fatal shooting of Deonn Carter after one man was arrested late Friday in Columbus, police said.

Dequoyae Devon Waldon, 22, of Columbus was taken into custody at 11 p.m. at the Muscogee County Jail. He was charged with one count of murder, three counts of burglary, theft by taking and criminal attempted burglary, all felonies.

During an 8 a.m. appearance Saturday in Columbus Recorder’s Court, Waldon was advised of his rights and ordered held in the jail for a 9 a.m. Thursday hearing. He joined Travarus Thomas, 20, and Tyquez D. Davis, 18, who are also in custody and facing a murder charge.

Police are still seeking Tauron Stepney, 18, and Quamaine Thomas, 18. They should be considered armed and dangerous.

Carter, a 31-year-old autistic man, was shot during an armed robbery on Aug. 9 at the Britt David apartment complex on 5443 Armour Road. When Columbus emergency service personnel responded to the shooting, they were shocked to learn that Carter was the victim. As a bagger and stocker at the Piggly Wiggly on River Road, Carter developed a special bond with firefighters and police officers who shop there regularly.

Carter was taken to Midtown Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the left leg. Eleven days after the shooting, he died of a blood clot on Aug. 20 at 11:41 a.m. in the intensive care unit at the hospital.

The Muscogee County coroner said Carter died of complications from the gunshot wound and he would still be alive if he hadn’t been shot.

Hundreds gathered at Cascade Hills Church in Columbus on Friday for Carter’s funeral. With a police escort, the funeral procession was filled with public safety personnel, friends and relatives.

Photographer Robin Trimarchi contributed to this report.

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