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Family members march to remember Childersburg man shot by police

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Friends and family  mourned a man who left two children behind when he was shot by police. Roderick Hamilton died Monday morning in Childersburg and police have released little information about the incident.

Hamilton's family tells us, he got into a verbal argument with his girlfriend at that gas station. She called police, and when they arrived, they say the officer sprayed him with mace, then shot him. Tonight, they went back to the place he died.

"I really really just don't have the words," Mary Hamilton, his mother said.

Words weren't easy to come by for Rodrick Hamilton's mom.

"As a little boy, he was my baby. My baby that I can never ever get back."

So a group of family and friends turned to prayer. They marched back to where Rodrick was shot early Monday morning.

"I want to know what happened," Charles Hamilton, his uncle said. "I'm going to get to the bottom of this one way or another." 

"The family is hurting," Paul Johnson, a friend said. "They need answers. The man who was killed has an 18 year old son and a 9 year old daughter." 

"They took a son, a grandchild, a nephew, a daddy, he had two kids," Alicia Hamilton, his cousin said. "His daughter today was hollering daddy get up."

It's a pain they've felt before. About three years ago, another family member was shot and killed by a Childersburg Police officer.

"It's got to stop. It has to stop," Bettye Johnson, his Aunt said.

"I want people to remember him being jolly, laughing, messing around, talking, and doing what he could do for people," Hamilton said.

Police have not released any details about the shooting. A.B.I. and the Talladega County District Attorney's office is investigating. The officer is now on administrative leave.

 

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