Russell County coroner responds to recent violence in Chattahoochee valley

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 7:12 PM EDT
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PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WTVM) - Phenix City is on track to match last years homicide total of 13.

The number for this year being 9, following a shooting Saturday.

Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. says he wants to see an end to the senseless violence in the Chattahoochee Valley, and it’s time for city leaders on both sides of the River, to come together.

“For the community, I’m hoping and praying people will start having more conversations on learning how to walk away, than to stand up towards each other, instead of fight it out or shoot it out the last couple of years like it has been,” said Sumbry.

Russell County’s latest homicide was 63-year-old Elijiah McKissic.

He was shot and killed over the weekend, on 20th Avenue, off Crawford road in Phenix City.

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