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Authorities identify New Albany's first murder victim of 2017

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Authorities have identified a man who was shot to death in New Albany on Wednesday night. 

According to New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey, 20-year-old Richard R. Cozart, Jr. was pronounced dead at Baptist Floyd Hospital from a gunshot wound. 

The New Albany Police Department responded to reports of gunshots near Erni Avenue and Fischer Drive just before 7 p.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, they were told that a 20-year-old man had been shot, but he had already been taken to the hospital. 

Friends say they are devastated by the loss.

“Richie was the funniest person that you could have ever met," said Brandon Meadows, a friend of Cozart. "No matter how you were feeling, he could keep a smile on your face. No matter what you we’re going through, he could keep you feeling happy."

Lindsey Hopkins says she is hopeful police will track down the person responsible for the crime.

“I just hope they find out what happened, because he died in a way that wasn’t respectable, and we deserve to know what happened,” Hopkins said.

Police are still searching for suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the New Albany Police Department at 812-944-6411.

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