Deadly Home Invasion Makes Columbus's 23rd Murder of 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) -- For the Powell family, its hard to escape the truth.

Caution tape screams out to all who pass by that something terrible happened in their home on Celia drive.

36-year-old Issac Powell, a father to four kids, is now dead, after what police say appears to be a home invasion.

Minister Jimmy Jelks lives across the street from Powell.

He was watching TV when he heard the gunshots.

"It sounded like a backfire of a car, and unbeknownst to me a crime was taking place across the street," said Jelks.

According to police, Powell was found in his bedroom, shot twice in the chest and the leg.

Investigators say his 16-year-old daughter was also inside the house when the suspects entered, although they will not release if she saw or heard anything.

For people in this quiet neighborhood off Buena Vista Road, last nights tragic turn of events serves as a wakeup call.

"Crime can take place anywhere, here or Green Island Hills. It doesn't matter, crime is crime in the era and time we're living in," said Jelks.

At this point, police still have no suspects, no leads, and no murder weapon.

This is the second murder in the past week stemming from a home break-in.

Friday, Richard Boynton was murdered after a burglary gone bad.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Columbus Police.