By Kevin Hogencamp
Sunday was a deadly one in Albany: A 19-year-old Albany High School student was killed at a car wash in an incident videotaped by a surveillance system, and a 23-year-old woman was gunned down by her husband, police say.
Robert “Eric” Purvis, 19, was murdered at Splash N Dash Car Wash at 431 Mock Road about 11:30 a.m., and 28-year-old Brian Alexander Beasley was arrested about 8 a.m. Monday at Sleep Inn on Dawson Road and charged with murder.
The gunman drove off in Purvis’ red 2000 Pontiac Sunfire that was abandoned later Sunday at the Albany Mall, police said.
Purvis’ family says police told them Purvis was shot three times in the head at point-blank range while his girlfriend and her daughter was in the next car wash bay. The incident was memorialized in the car wash’s video surveillance system, police say.
Purvis attended Albany High School and was active in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He planned to enter the U.S. Army on June 1.
Leviticus Flowers, spent much of Sunday in tears over the loss of her friend and classmate at Albany High.
“He was a great person,” she said of Purvis. “ Always kept you smiling no matter what you go through. He’s always there when you need him. And most of all he always gave you a huge hug. He’s everything that I look at as a big brother.”
“He was very loving and fun, he loved to love others, he was on his way to the army,” added another friend, Slim Hunter.
A candlelight vigil for Purvis will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Hilsman Park. Meanwhile, Albany High will award Purvis a posthumous diploma during graduation services in May.
Beasley also was charged with aggravated assault, possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime, and motor vehicle theft. Before arresting Beasley in a motel room he rented, police informed the motel’s guests about what was happening. Police also locked down Merry Acres Middle School before they stormed Beasley’s motel room.
About 1:30 a.m. Sunday, police responding to a domestic dispute found that 23-year-old Natalie Eppler had been shot in the head at her home at 2205 of W. Gordon Ave. She died about 2:45 a.m. at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Banks said.
James M. Eppler, a 25-year-old Marine, was charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.