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UPDATE: Funeral arrangements announced for Lakita Hicks

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UPDATE: Funeral arrangements have been announced for Laktia Hicks, 25, the mother of a five-year-old that called 911 when she and George Dillard,24, were killed last month.

Funeral service will be held Friday, February 12th at Olivet Baptist Church at 1 p.m. in Chattanooga. 

She will be buried at Forest Hill Cemetery. 

Arrangements for George Dillard will be announced later by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga Inc. 


PREVIOUS STORY: A five-year-old boy called 911 after finding both his mother and father had been shot and killed inside their home. Once police got to the scene they found the little boy safe and unharmed. Chattanooga police are now trying to figure out who murdered his parents.

"Our one and only eyewitness that we know of is that small child. Obviously our number one concern is with that child's physical, mental and emotional well being," said Chief Fred Fletcher

Police say 25-year-old Lakita Hicks and 24-year-old George Dillard were shot and killed sometime Sunday night.
    
As Dillard's family gathered at the end of the police tape waiting for answers, they said they're still heartbroken over the 2014 unsolved murder of Apprentice Berry, who was Dillard's cousin.

A neighbor says he always got a long with the family, but suspected trouble.

"I can't say I don't for sure, I can't put my hands on it but he's involved in some things that he probably shouldn't have been involved in," McMillon said.

Johnnie McMillon lives in the other apartment inside this home. He wasn't allowed inside while police were investigating.

"He told me that I can probably return to my house, my apartment, but I haven't been there yet, I just got in my car, I was a little tired, and fell asleep," he said.

As McMillon slept in his car, he thought of the child who no longer has a mother or a father. it reminds him of the heartbreak in his own family after the November shooting death of a mother of three.

"Same as my niece, Monica McMillon and her children," he said.

Now another Chattanooga family has been torn apart due to violence.

"We have dual concerns here: finding the people who committed this atrocious act of violence and making sure we help the people who have survived it and are affected by it," Chief Fred Fletcher said. "I can tell you that the officers that observed what this small child did are heartbroken by it and are absolutely committed to finding the person who did this to that child and that child's family."

Fletcher said Dillard is a gang member and they're looking into whether the shooting was gang-related or connected to any of the recent violence. There have been more than 15 shootings for the month of January in Chattanooga. This marks the second and third homicide for 2016, and all three remain unsolved.

The Chattanooga Police Department is continuing to investigate. No information on the suspect has been released at this time.

To donate to Lakita Hicks' burial fund click here

If you have any information on this crime, you are asked to call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525.


PREVIOUS STORY: A young child called 911 Sunday night after finding his mother and father shot to death.

The boy called 911 around 10:32 p.m. to report that his parents had been shot. Police arrived to find the 24-year-old man and 25-year-old woman dead inside the home at 2106 East 13th Street.

The boy, age 5, was able to give a street name and description of the home. Both victims had been shot in the head.

Police will release the victims' names once family notification is made.

The 5-year-old boy was turned over to Child Protective Services.

Homicide detectives with the Chattanooga Police Department are actively investigating but have no suspect information available at this time.

This marks the third homicide this year in Chattanooga and at least the 16th shooting. Thomas Simmons, 20, was shot and killed last Monday on an East Chattanooga street. There have been no arrests yet in the murder of Simmons or the couple on East 13th Street.

Patrols have been increased in the surrounding areas of Sunday night's double homicide and the Chattanooga Police Department is asking that all community members report any suspicious behavior or activity immediately by calling 698-2525.


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police are investigating a shooting Sunday night with two victims. Police were called to the 2100 block of E. 13th Street just after 10:30 p.m.

Details are limited at this time but Channel 3 has a crew on the scene gathering the latest information.

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