A man whose bullet-riddled body was found dumped along a rural road in Alabama apparently was killed in retaliation for the shooting death of a former Green Bay Packers player.
A statement from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said Darryl Thomas, 21, a father-of-two from Center Point, appeared to have been killed as payback for the killing of former Packers defensive lineman Carlos Gray.
Thomas' body was found along a road near Birmingham on Tuesday, the day after Gray's body was found in his home, also near Birmingham.
Revenge killing: Deputies in Alabama suspect Darryl Thomas, 21 (left), was kidnapped on Tuesday and shot dead in retaliation for the slaying of former Packers defensive lineman Carlos Gray (right) the day before
Crime scene: Deputies responded to Gray's home on Balboa Terrace near Birmingham after getting a 911 call from his girlfriend
No charges were filed immediately in either death, but four suspects were in custody following Thomas' slaying and at least one was believed to have been a close friend of Gray, authorities said.
Gray was discovered unresponsive shortly before 10pm on Monday on Balboa Terrace near Birmingham.
Al.com reports that sheriff's deputies and Center Point Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the house after Gray's girlfriend found him mortally wounded.
The woman told deputies she last saw Gray alive about an hour earlier when she left the house.
As investigators were going through the crime scene, they reportedly discovered a Glock handgun with an extended magazine and an AK-47 rifle with a large capacity magazine, marijuana and digital scales.
The next morning,