A former metro-east resident was found stabbed to death in Georgia, and will be returned here for burial.
Earl Michael Clemons II, 28, was killed on Jan. 24 in Decatur, Ga., where he had been living. Clemons was a 2004 graduate of Edwardsville High School.
Clemons was found by a security guard outside an abandoned building at 250 N. Arcadia St., according to Mekka Parish, spokeswoman for the DeKalb County Police Department.
"(Clemons) had left home the previous night to meet someone," Parish said.
Parish said Clemons suffered multiple stab wounds. Investigators believe the motive for the murder was an ongoing dispute. At least one arrest has been made in the case, but she could not immediately release the name of the suspect.
Rob Baird of Edwardsville was a classmate of Clemons' in middle school and high school and said he was shocked to hear what had happened. He said Clemons was "big into music" and sang in the choir.
"He was one of the nicest and kindest people you would ever meet," Baird said. "He could be a pretty good joker, too."
Baird said as far as he knew, Clemons was divorced but was dating someone in Decatur. He said Clemons' mother and sisters still live in the metro-east.
Funeral arrangements for Clemons are pending at Cathy M. Williams & Sons Funeral Home in Alton.
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