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Maumelle teen's death ruled a homicide

A Maumelle teen's death over the weekend has been ruled a homicide (Photo: KATV)

A Maumelle teen's death over the weekend has been ruled a homicide, police reported Monday.

Anthony Thomas Jr., 19, was found dead Saturday in an apartment at the Gables at Maumelle at 1500 Union Court. Police first deemed it a suspicious death.

"We did that because there was a lot of blood on the scene but we did not know precisely how this person had died," said Maumelle police Capt. Jim Hansard.

It wasn't until the medical examiner's report came back saying Thomas died of two gunshot wounds to the head that investigators turned it into a homicide investigation.

The news of Thomas' death was unbelievable to his coworkers.

"We're all shocked," said Barbara Parr. "It's a big shock, how much we're going to miss him, miss his goofiness, his silliness."

Parr said Thomas didn't seem to have a single enemy.

"I just don't understand why anybody could do this to such a charming, spontaneous young man," she said.

Maumelle police have not released information on a suspect in the killing. Investigators are asking for anything that could be potentially helpful, such who he was hanging out with and what he was doing in the days before his death.

Anyone with information on Thomas' whereabouts over the weekend is asked to call the Maumelle Police Department at (501) 851-1337.

An investigation is ongoing.

The killing is the first homicide this year in Maumelle.

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