Four people arrested in weekend homicide

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City-- Friends of Dustin Powell, 19, are still reeling over the new that he's gone.

"He was outgoing. He was a straight forward person. He loved to fish with his dad. He worked with his dad. He came over to play video games and chill with us," said Guiamil Velez, a friend of Powell.

Powell was shot to death late Saturday night near the My Place Apartments on 13th Street. Friends of Powell say he left their apartment around 10:30p.m. to meet some people and go to another party. Shortly after he left, they heard gun shots.

"I was like, hey, go look for him. There's something wrong. I felt it. We called him, we text him and he didn't answer us," said Velez.

Around 7:00 Sunday morning, Powell's friends found him dead from several gunshot wounds, at least once in his face.

"When I saw him, I don't know how to describe it because it hurts. That was my friend," said Velez.

Daquan Whitley, 19, and Marquise Joes and Emery Abraham, both 17, are all charged with principal to murder. Police believe Whitley helped planned the robbery that led to Powell's death. They say Jones admitted sending Powell text messages in an attempt to set up a drug deal.

The alleged gunman, Markel Latrae Bass, 19, turned himself in to Springfield Police Monday afternoon. He's charged with one count of murder.

Police claim witnesses saw bass and the other suspects heading to the area where Powell was murdered, and talking about the shooting when they returned to My Place Apartments.

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