Community reacts to first degree murder charge against notable Quincyan

Curtis T. Lovelace appeared in court Thursday, August 28 on the charge of first degree murder.

Friends, family, neighbors and co-workers spoke out Thursday about recent news of first degree murder charges issued for a notable Quincyan.

An Adams County Grand Jury issued an indictment Wednesday for 45-year-old Curtis T. Lovelace for the charge of first degree murder.

There are many different reactions, but most agree on one thing ... this news is shocking.

KHQA reached out to several current and former Quincy School Board members and neighbors who lived on Kentucky Street.

Lovelace served on the Quincy School Board from 1999 to 2011.

Former school board member and Superintendent Dr. Lonny Lemon had this to say.

â??Well, I mean Curtis, I mean, obviously anybody who spends 12 years on the school board, two terms I believe as board president is dedicated to the kids in Quincy, so certainly you know, there's no doubt in mind at that time from a professional stand point, I had no really social interaction with Curtis he was dedicated to helping all kids in Quincy educationally,â?? Lemon said.

Another reaction comes from a local business owner and former courts and criminal reporter.

Rodney Hart says he dealt a lot with Lovelace when he was the Assistant State's Attorney for Adams County. Hart says this case should be allowed to play out in court and not in the community.

â??This whole thing is a terrible thing, but you have to remember something about this deal, Curtis has four children, he has step children, he has a wife and there are family members on the other side of this, too, Cory's family as well it is very early in the process. I would think more information, weâ??ll learn much more as time goes on for us to rush to judgment about this is way too early, but we need to think about a lot of people who are being affected by this, not just Curtis,â?? Hart said.

Hart also said people should watch what they say online because comments can circulate and cause more damage.

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