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No one in custody after homicide near homeless camp
Queen City Parkway bridge
Those living homeless in Gainesville historically made camp underneath the Queen City Parkway bridge. Encampments can still be found nearby. - photo by Conner Evans

Billie Lee Davis was typically quiet and kept to himself, but he was still well-known in the homeless camp near the Queen City Parkway bridge.

The man, known by friends as “B,” was found dead just after 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 13, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman B.J. Williams said.

The Sheriff’s Office has ruled the case a homicide, but as of Tuesday, they had no one in custody in the case. They have not released information on the cause of death.

Deputy Coroner Kevin Wetzel did not have information on cause of death. An autopsy is being completed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The 37-year-old’s body was found along the woodline at the edge of the homeless camp. 

Christen Lott Hunte, who volunteers with the homeless, said those in the camp are shaken up at the news of his death.

She said Davis looked out for people and would get supplies for others.

“Anytime we brought him supplies, he was always thankful,” Lott Hunte said, adding that he would only take what he needed.

Lott Hunte described the man as someone who was typically quiet, and he kept to himself and close associates.

This is the second homicide in the Gainesville homeless community in roughly seven months.

Leon Hines, sometimes referred to as the “mayor of Queen City” because of his leadership in the homeless camp, was found unconscious Oct. 18 on the railroad tracks near Industrial Boulevard. 

The 66-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, and another homeless man, Dexter Pulliam, 51, was charged with malice murder in that case.

Reporter Conner Evans contributed to this report.