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Friends have memorial - Police Release Suspect's Name

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Columbus Police released the name of the man wanted in last weekend's double murder.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest of Michael Jason Registe.

Investigators believe he is the suspect in the murders of Randy Newton and Bryan Kilgore.

Police believe Registe intended to robbed the two victims. 

Meanwhile a memorial was held Thursday evening at Hardaway High School.

One after another, friends stepped up to the podium, ready to share their own stories about how Randy Newton and Bryan Kilgore touched their lives.

Hardaway High's Principal, Matt Bells said, "Your talking about two unique gentlemen, young men who were very accepting of everybody, no matter what background they were from".

Before the ceremony began, families of the two victims embraced, able to share with each other the grief and sorrow they have been carrying since last Friday night.

"It is just inconceivable that someone could shoot both Brian and his friend.", said Kilgore's Great Uncle, Frank Robinson.

The outpouring of support for both the boys helped make things a little more bearable for the families.

Randy Newton, Sr, remarked, "It was wonderful, such a beautiful thing, that people cared so much about Randy, that he was a good kid, all these people loved him, and for Brian as well, they were both good kids".

Two good kids with bright futures, who ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time with Registe

 "I can't really say how they knew this guy, but knowing how they were, they would have just accepted him with open arms, that's how they were...", said Stefan Lawrence a fellow classmate.

Funeral plans for Randy Newton have change. It will now be held at Nichols Chapel AME Church at 2 PM Saturday.

Brian Kilgore was buried Tuesday.

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