Man who was beaten outside Augusta grocery dies

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 11:05 PM
Last updated Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 9:41 AM
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A man who was beaten outside a grocery store last week has died, authorities said.

Jermaine Demond Little, 32, died at 3:47 a.m. Saturday at Medical college of Georgia Hospital, Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said Sunday night.

Little was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser said last week that a large crowd was gathered around Jermaine Desmond Little when deputies arrived around 4 p.m. Tuesday The bystanders said they did not see what happened that led to Little lying unconscious on the sidewalk by Paul’s IGA at Greene Street and East Boundary.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1080.

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fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/06/12 - 12:21 am
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Nobody saw anything. Imagine

Nobody saw anything. Imagine that.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/06/12 - 06:15 am
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It sure seems like there have

It sure seems like there have been a lot of murders so far this year.

mag5
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mag5 02/06/12 - 07:26 am
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"Nobody saw anything. Imagine

"Nobody saw anything. Imagine that".

Well it was 3:47am...not exactly peak grocery shopping time.

TrickMe
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TrickMe 02/06/12 - 07:32 am
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Mag 5 read the article. 3: 47

Mag 5 read the article. 3: 47 am was when he died at the hospital. The crowd was gathered around him unconscious and injured during the day - broad day light. Nobody saw anything. Yeah, sure....So sad what has happened to society.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 02/06/12 - 08:51 am
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Yeah it is sad that anyone

Yeah it is sad that anyone could live with that on their conscience. But that's what has become of our society....until things change in the communities it will only get worse for EVERYONE...as we already know the violence doesn't end in the hood.

meginlea
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meginlea 02/06/12 - 09:41 am
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I find it VERY hard to

I find it VERY hard to believe that someone could be beaten to DEATH at 4 p.m. in the afternoon without ANYONE seeing ANYTHING. Is this area of downtown that much abandoned?

TNTHOMSON
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TNTHOMSON 02/06/12 - 10:49 am
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Hear nothing, see nothing,

Hear nothing, see nothing, say nothing. Welcome to the society
we live in.

The mayor of Philadelphia put out a $20,000 reward to prompt 'snitches' with information on murders in his city.

meginlea
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meginlea 02/06/12 - 11:00 am
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Yeah I live in NY now, and

Yeah I live in NY now, and they have this huge campaign with ads everywhere that say 'you don't have to reveal yourself to report crimes.' It has a picture of someone whose face is blurred out using a telephone and reporting crime to the anonymous hotline. I'm not sure how well it works though.

cytoranger
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cytoranger 02/06/12 - 11:51 am
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Maybe they are Afraid of

Maybe they are Afraid of being the next vitim is the perps. Not saying its right to see and not say but it probably has a lot to do with the lack of statements.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 02/06/12 - 12:06 pm
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It's amazing how blind people

It's amazing how blind people become when it comes to witnessing a crime.
The person who committed this atrocity has no compassion toward humanity. It's a shame that this is the sign of the times. I have no answers but anyone who would do this to another human being has a brain that is wired toward violence. Heaven help us.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 02/06/12 - 01:41 pm
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Where does this put us now
Unpublished

Where does this put us now for the number of murders in 2012. Five? Six?

We're currently averaging about 1 per week.

specsta
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specsta 02/06/12 - 01:49 pm
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There are usually two trains

There are usually two trains of thought that happen when bystanders witness a crime taking place - they either don't want to get involved (out of fear) or they just don't know what to do.

We are a nation of voyeurs - folks are so used to watching something from afar (on reality tv, on the the internet, etc.) that when actual reality takes place right in front of them - they don't whether to watch or intervene.

How else can you explain the plethora of crimes that take place, in full view of onlookers, and no one steps forward to aid the victim? Folks that are stabbed multiple times in broad daylight, screaming for help, and folks just look. Someone laying on the sidewalk unconscious and folks just step over them. A spouse beating their husband or wife in their front yard and the neighbors don't want to get involved, despite the pleas for help.

Contrast this with someone witnessing an animal being beaten or tortured - you wouldn't be able to stop the crowd of folks that would rush to the aid of a dog or cat. Why the difference?

Something is seriously amiss here. Are we so used to seeing violence that we're comfortable with it now? Even when we are eyewitnesses to it? Or are we afraid to get involved out of fear of retribution? Have we watched one too many crime shows on tv where the "witness" is silenced by someone connected to some crime syndicate?

And so the violence continues. Maybe we've just lost the common sense to help our fellow man.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 02/06/12 - 03:43 pm
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Well said specsta.....I

Well said specsta.....I suppose there were no cameras outside the store either which is amazing in this day and time.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/06/12 - 04:46 pm
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Poor, poor fella. My

Poor, poor fella. My condolences to his family.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 02/15/12 - 06:49 pm
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There was an interview with a

There was an interview with a man on camera that was visiting the area. The man said that if you report crime you are likely to be retaliated against. I hope no one retaliated against him even for making that statement. It is telling that no one that lives there dared make that statement. I am quite sure people saw it happen. But they are in fear for their own lives or the lives of people they care about, to say anything to the police. The only problem is, they are in danger whether they do or they don't, and if they don't, the problem just gets worse. That is why I reported crime anyway. I was retaliated against, but I didn't feel I had any choice but to do the right thing. I feel very let down that more progress hasn't been made, but I'm not faulting law enforcement. Good officers and good citizens are stuck between a rock and a hard place. I don't know how to fix it. I wish I did.

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