Mayor's Facebook post about the city's 20th homicide sparks controversy online

Published: Oct. 29, 2014 at 10:59 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 30, 2014 at 1:19 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The death of a local father of five shows the power of social media, with multiple comments on Facebook, including one from Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

Lacosta Williams, the 20th homicide of the year - and 15th shooting death - sparked comment after comment on the victim's Facebook page, which were mostly "rest in peace" and comments saying he will be missed.

But one in particular sent in from a WTVM viewer is raising some eyebrows.

A Columbus resident reached out to the Mayor through Facebook saying she was fed up by yet another senseless murder in Columbus, wanting it to be nipped in the bud.

The person adds it is obvious Columbus has a deadly issue.

The Mayor responded, saying: "an outrageous murder that appears to be drug related. The first murder in 60 days. May it be the last and may people realize that participating in or even being remotely connected to a drug culture is a deadly business. I am sorry for your loss."

We reached out to the Mayor's office, she declined to comment any more on Monday's murder because it is an ongoing investigation.

We also reached out to the homicide division of the Columbus Police Department, but we did not hear back from them about this ongoing investigation, including whether or not this is a drug-related shooting.

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