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Vidalia RJ Pope manager killed in robbery
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The manager of RJ Pope’s Traditional Men’s Wear in Vidalia was killed Friday during an armed robbery, according to reports.

Southeast Georgia Today reported online that Christian Brooke Joiner, 31, was killed by an unknown suspect during the robbery, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

RJ Pope’s Traditional Men’s Wear is based out of Statesboro, owned by Ronnie Pope.

Vidalia Police Chief Frank Waits did not immediately return phone calls Friday to the Statesboro Herald, but according to Internet website http://southeastgeorgiatoday.com, he held a press conference Friday afternoon asking anyone with information to contact the Vidalia Police Department.

The online report stated Joiner was found in the store by a customer who ran next door to call 911.  The manager of a nearby business told police she heard a gunshot around 1 p.m.

Joiner was taken to Meadows Hospital in Vidalia where she was pronounced dead. Reports state Toombs County Coroner Ron Hall sent the victim’s body to the state crime lab for an autopsy. Joiner was the mother of a 7-year-old son, according to reports.

A woman answering calls at the Vidalia Police Department Friday night said Waits is expected to release additional details at a later time. The investigation continues by Vidalia police and Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agents.

No description was given for the suspect but Waits said the store surveillance video was of “poor quality.”

Ronnie Pope was not able to be reached for comment Friday.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at 812-489-9414.

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