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Mother's Day slaying suspect nabbed in Buffalo

LAWRENCEVILLE - Authorities on Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y., arrested a former Gwinnett County man wanted in the shooting of a man at a Mother's Day party in Norcross last year.

Buffalo police found Willie Lee Lumpkin Jr., 33, hiding in the crawlspace of a home after local authorities tipped them off. Lumpkin, formerly of Lawrenceville, has family ties in the Buffalo area, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais.

Police say Lumpkin fatally shot Andre Tyrone Roderick, 30, last May after the two began arguing at a Mother's Day celebration on Eason Court. Police arrived on the scene to find Roderick's body in a driveway, but no sign of his assailant.

Police said the two knew each other but were not related.

Bourbonnais said deputies with the fugitive unit forwarded information to the FBI and Buffalo police about the suspect's whereabouts.

Lumpkin is charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He will be extradited back to Georgia, Bourbonnais said.

Roderick was unarmed when he was shot to death, police said at time.