The shooting victim found dead in an abandoned business on Sunday has been identified as 30-year-old Willie T. Ankeny.
Ankeny’s body was found in an abandoned dry cleaner business in Augusta on Sunday afternoon had been there for a couple of days, authorities said. The business is located about three miles down the road from the victim’s residence on Richmond Hill Road.
The victim was honored by his mother Monday in a Facebook post, saying the victim was known to a lot of people as “Kayanna.”
“Please keep my family in your prayers as we mourn the death/murder of my son Willie Ankeny (Kayonna to a lot of people). Anyone that knew him knows he was a fun-loving kind person that loved life, and he was a good son, brother, uncle and a friend to many… God called u home to be with him. Now you’re with your brother and sister and your granddaddy and many more friends… You grew your wings fly high.”
At approximately 1:24 pm, Richmond County deputies responded to a vacant building on the 3400 block of Meadowbrook Drive for a call about a deceased man, according to sheriff’s Lt. Kimberly Lee. The victim appears to have been shot at least one time, she said.
The building is located at 3034 Meadowbrook Drive. It is boarded up and has signs for an old laundromat and dry cleaner, and it is at the end of the Meadowgrove subdivision on Langdon Drive.
No suspect or motive was announced as the investigation is in its early stages.