SLIDELL, La. -- Five suspects are in police custody for the murder of a 23-year-old man in Slidell.
Leighton “Lee” Powe, Jr. was killed Saturday. Police say the circumstances surrounding his murder are complex, but detailed the case and the arrests at a press conference Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Powe’s family is devastated.
“I just want everyone to know how wonderful my brother was," Roxanne Powe said. "He was an amazing, loving person and everyone loved him. He brought a smile to everyone's face, even on their darkest days."
Family members say Powe was engaged, working as a dock master on the West Bank and living life to the fullest.
What adds to their grief is the fact that he was murdered.
“I think more angry than hurt," his sister said. "I think it's hard because of the way it happened."
"This was a pre-arranged, premeditated robbery," said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith.
Smith said the robbery was of a minor amount of marijuana and happened behind a Dollar General store in the city limits. Officers say the deal turned deadly when Powe was shot in the head while in the vehicle with the suspects. They then left his body in a ditch outside of the city limits.
Police say after the suspects dumped Powe's body, they went 3.5 miles away to set the truck on fire in an attempt to hide evidence.
But Crimestoppers tips led to the alleged shooter, who eventually identified four others. 20-year-old Felix Adams Jr., the alleged gunman, was booked for first-degree murder, along with 20-year-old Bobby Isidore and 19-year-old Trenton Johnson.
Ki’Shon Griffin, 17, is the alleged mastermind behind the robbery. He was booked with principal to first-degree murder while Darion Causey, 20, was booked with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. All of the suspects are from Slidell.
"This is the third homicide that we've had in Slidell this year, hopefully it will be the last," Smith said. "But with the persistence and the dedication of these individuals who lose time from their families to continue to work around the clock, we were able to make an arrest within 48 hours of this homicide."
For the Powe family, the case being closed quickly is a relief, but the anger doesn't go away.
“I hope you burn in hell," Powe said of the suspects. "Every single one of them."
Authorities say more arrests are possible in this case.
Visitation for Powe is set for tomorrow evening in Slidell, with funeral services to follow on Friday.