Police were notified of an incident at 600 Morris Avenue around 6 p.m. Saturday. Upon arrival, Ray Fednanders, 67, who lives at the residence, was found unresponsive on the front porch, according to a press release from the Sylacauga Police Department.
Fednanders was immediately transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. by Talladega County Assistant Coroner Larry Seals. The death appears to be the result of an assault with an edged weapon, the press release states. Seals said the body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensics for an autopsy.
Ronald Tyler, who lives two houses down from Fednanders on Morris Avenue, said neighbors heard Fednanders yelling from his porch and one of them called 911. Another neighbor then flagged Tyler down for help.
“I got out of my truck and jumped up on the porch talking to (Fednanders), trying to keep him from moving around a lot,” Tyler said. “Police officers got there, and one of them was doing the same thing, trying to keep him still until the ambulance got there.”
Fednanders was bleeding extensively and had deep cuts down the left side of his face and neck, Tyler said.
“They cut him up pretty good,” he said, gesturing from the corner of his eye to the bottom of his neck. It appeared there were two cuts made, one across the face and another down the neck, but Tyler said there could have been more.
“There was blood all down his front side, so you couldn’t tell where all of it was coming from,” he said.
While they were talking to him, Tyler said Fednanders stopped breathing and lost his pulse. Police rolled him to his back and performed CPR until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.
Fednanders could not speak by the time Tyler became involved, but Tyler said he did say something to another neighbor before police arrived.
Tyler said Fednanders, who was a member of Unity Free Will Baptist Church, never caused trouble and was always willing to help.
“I don’t know why they would do something like that, because that man has never done anything but help folks,” he said. “If you needed something, he’d help you.”
Police Chief Chris Carden declined to provide any further details about the incident; however, police have established a person of interest.
“We’re still conducting interviews trying to get to the suspect,” Carden said Monday. “There are several people we still need to talk to, but we are continuing to develop leads and sort out all the information.”
Investigators worked throughout the weekend processing the crime scene, interviewing witnesses and working leads. No further information on the potential suspect is being released at this time. The suspect faces murder and possibly robbery charges, Carden said.
Anyone with information concerning this incident should contact the Sylacauga Police Department at 256-245-4334.
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