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Press conference reveals no arrest made in Magnolia double homicide

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Victim Brandon Hobdy (photo by: Aaron Street) Victim Brandon Hobdy (photo by: Aaron Street)
Sunday night vigil at SAU (photo by: Aaron Street) Sunday night vigil at SAU (photo by: Aaron Street)
vigil for slain SAU football player (photo by: Aaron Street) vigil for slain SAU football player (photo by: Aaron Street)
vigil at SAU in Magnolia (photo by: Aaron Street) vigil at SAU in Magnolia (photo by: Aaron Street)
SAU President Dr. David Rankin at vigil (photo by: Aaron Street) SAU President Dr. David Rankin at vigil (photo by: Aaron Street)
MAGNOLIA, Ark. (KTBS) -

UPDATE: The Columbia County Sheriff's Office held a press conference Monday regarding the double homicide investigation. Sheriff Mike Loe said that they're having a difficult time getting people to cooperate in the investigation. When asked about a description of the suspects, Sheriff Loe repeatedly responded with a "no comment." 

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Columbia County Sheriff's Officers are still investigating a shooting that left two people dead including an SAU football player.

It happened early Sunday morning at 1:13 am at the VFW on Highway 82 East in Magnolia, Arkansas.

Authorities say they were called to a shots fired incident outside the VFW. Two people were transported to the Magnolia Regional Medical Center where both later died. SAU Police Chief Anthony Williams was informed of the off-campus incident just prior to 2 a.m. Sunday. Local law enforcement officials confirmed that a disturbance at the local VFW, which led to a shooting in which the two innocent bystanders were critically wounded by random gunfire.The Columbia County Sheriff's Department investigator reported that several suspects were removed from the venue after causing a disturbance. The suspects entered a red vehicle and retrieved a weapon and began to shoot indiscriminately at the crowd. Both victims were standing outside the venue when they were wounded.

The victims are 24 year-old Wayne Payton of Magnolia and 23 year-old Brandon Hobdy or Garland, Texas. Hobdy was a senior wide receiver for the SAU Muleriders football team. Payton was a former SAU student. 

The event Hobdy and Payton were attending was private and not affiliated with the University. The ensuing investigation will be a multi-jurisdictional effort with the Columbia County Sheriff's Department serving as the lead investigating agency.

Williams expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of both deceased men.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hobdy and Payton families. A tragedy for one of our families is a tragedy for all of us,” said SAU President Dr. David Rankin. “All of the resources in the region are directed toward bringing the perpetrators of this event to justice.”

Counseling was immediately made available by SAU staff, and will continue to be provided. The SAU Office of Counseling and Testing can be reached at 870-235-4145.

The university held a candlelight vigil for the men Sunday evening.

So far, no arrests have been reported.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at 870-234-5655.

(All images attached to this story are courtesy of Aaron Street, SAU Media Relations)

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