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Police looking for leads in a murder

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Police are still looking for leads in the murder of Harry Collins, owner of Collins Coins.

On Thursday afternoon, Collins was shot in his store, which was also his home. He died a few hours later at the hospital.

We spoke with a few neighbors and they're sadden by this loss, but not shocked. They say Collins was a perfect target because of his coin business.

"It is shocking because it happened in the neighborhood, but I don't feel any less safe," Gus George, a neighbor, said.  

Gus George said he has known Collins for a few years and he said he was a really nice guy.

George said he spoke to Collins just the other day and Collins had told him about a situation that made him feel uneasy.

George said Collins said he was approached by three men after dark, wanting to do busy.

George said Collins turned them away. George also said Collins had told him he had been robbed about month ago.  

In fact, police said Collins had been the victim of Jeffery Poe, the man who was in a standoff with police in March on Oaklawn Avenue. Police said they have no leads and only one witness. They said that witness saw three men running away from the business.  And police also said Collins did not have a video surveillance system.

“We are very limited in this case and we need the public’s help in finding out who did this case."  Mark Johnson with the Monroe Police Department said.

Police said they're looking at all angles, including the possibility Collins knew the people who killed him.

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