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UPDATE: Victim of Fatal Red Bank Robbery Identified, Arrest Made

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB)- An arrest is made in the Red Bank robbery gone wrong.

Three people were questioned in the death of 27-year-old Jordan Collins. One man is in the Hamilton County Jail charged with criminal homicide in that community.

Our partners at the Times Free Press report 27-year-old Jeremy Reinig is also charged with especially aggravated burglary.

Jordan Collins grew up in the Falling Water community near Hixson. His parents still live there today.

Close friends of the family say the loss of Jordan is heartbreaking and they hope police bring who is responsible to justice.

Early Saturday morning police were called to a home on Redding Road in Red Bank. Once they got inside they found the body of 27-year-old Jordan Collins.

"It was very shocking," says family friend Larry Mulkey.

Mulkey has lived in Falling Water for the past 50 years and is neighbors with Jordan's parents. He says he watched Jordan grow up and can not believe he is gone. His wife saw him mowing his grandmother's grass this past Friday.

"Tough. In this situation it's very tough," says Mulkey.

He says he can not imagine what his parents are going through.

"I don't know, I've never experienced that, the loss of a child. I wouldn't know hardly how to answer that correctly."

Kevin Wilkes is a close friend of the family. Too distraught to speak publicly, Jordan's parents released a statement for Wilkes to read.

"This has been and will continue to be a very difficult time for everyone who cared for Jordan, especially his parents and his grandparents," says Wilkes.

Wilkes says Jordan's parents are relying heavily on the support of fellow church members at Falling Water Baptist and are so thankful for their prayers.

"They want to thank the men and women of the Red Bank Police Department for their tireless efforts as they continue to work this case and bring the individual or individuals responsible for this heinous act to justice."

He goes on to say the family will lean on their faith to get through.

"Jordan was a loving son and grandson and he will be missed by all those who knew him. It is difficult to try and understand why something so senseless like this has to happen. But the family will continue to place their faith in God and to lean on him for peace and comfort," says Wilkes.

Red Bank Police are still investigating this case but believe this was a case of a robbery gone bad after finding forced entry to Jordan's home.

There is word yet on when a funeral for Collins will be held.

 

 

Here is the full statement sent to the Channel 3 Newsroom on behalf of the victim's parents, Michael and Leslie Collins:

"First, they would like to thank their family and friends in the Falling Water community and those from around the Chattanooga area for the outpouring of love and support they have received since the news of their son Jordan's passing became known. In addition, they want to thank the men and women of the Red Bank Police Department for their tireless efforts as they continue to work this case and bring the individual or individuals responsible for this heinous act to justice.

This has been and will continue to be a very difficult time for everyone who cared about Jordan, especially his parents and grandparents. Jordan was a loving son and grandson and he will be missed by all those who knew him. It is difficult to try and understand why something so senseless like this has to happen but the family will continue to place their faith in God and to lean on Him for peace and comfort.

The family respectfully requests that their right to privacy be honored as they continue to mourn the loss of their son but to also celebrate his life over the coming days.  

Thank you and May God Bless you all."

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates on this developing story.

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