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OPD: Edmon Ave. murder victim targeted more than once

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OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

New details have been released in the shooting death of an Opelika man on Edmon Avenue.
           
According to friends, 23-year-old Jaquavious Strickland was known as ATM Rell and was working on a music career. 

Investigators are trying to figure out if his death has anything to do with several handguns and AR-15's they found shortly after his murder.            

Strickland's was shot multiple times, and his body discovered by a friend inside his apartment Tuesday afternoon. 

Captain Shane Healey with the Opelika Police Department says they do not have a person of interest in the case at this time. 

As police search for a suspect, they say this wasn't the first time the victim had been targeted by gunfire. 

Just 12 days ago on Sept. 15, he survived being shot in the head while standing outside his home, but he never told police who he thought shot him.

"During the course of that investigation Mr. Strickland was less than cooperative with our investigators in telling us what happened that night," Capt. Healey said.

Shortly after leaving the murder scene, police were called to a Samford Way apartment where police detained five individuals on suspicion of illegal gun possession.

In all, investigators recovered five handguns and three AR-15's from the Samford Way Apartment, Strickland's apartment and related vehicles.

Charges could be forthcoming in that case, but so far only one of the five detained men was arrested on unrelated charges.

At this point, police are trying to figure out if Strickland's murder is somehow connected to the incident along Samford Way.
             
"At this point it’s too early to tell, we are running parallel investigations to develop leads in each incident," Capt. Healey said.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris confirms this is the twenty-fourth homicide this year in Lee County, which includes Auburn, Opelika and Smiths Station.

Harris says so far, this has been the deadliest year of his 20-year career.
           
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Opelika Police Department Investigative Services Division at (334)705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665.

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