Albany police investigating Father's Day homicide

September 21, 2017 01:09 PM

ALBANY -- Candles honoring the memory of Terrance Roberts sat near the area where the Albany man took his last breaths Sunday.

Witnesses said Roberts was enjoying a Father's Day barbecue in a parking lot on Delaware Street before he was murdered in front of loved ones.

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“They say he ran and he fell right by my son's pickup truck there and that's where his body laid there until they came and picked him up,” said Clara Phillips, who lives on the street.  

Albany police said they responded to the scene at around 5 pm to find a 46-year-old man shot in the head.

“We did encounter a gentleman who was shot a couple of times and laying unresponsive on the ground,” said Acting Albany Police Chief Robert Sears

Sears said an altercation led to the shooting but police are trying to figure out who was involved. 

“A physical altercation started and then there were gunshots shortly thereafter or during the, during the physical altercation,” Sears said.

People at the barbecue said the altercation involved several other people.

It is not clear why Roberts was shot.

Relatives of Roberts, including Latoya Wimbush, said the Father's Day shooting is even more tragic because Roberts’ son was killed several years ago.

“His son was assaulted,” Wimbush said. “He was stabbed in the neck with a knife over a bicycle situation.”

Phillips said she used to work with Roberts at Albany Medical Center's South Clinical Campus.

“He was a good guy,” Phillips said. “He didn't bother nobody. Because every time I would see him he always would speak…hi Miss Clara."

“He was a family man, a great man, a lovable man, a church man,” Wimbush said.

Alphonso Meadows Jr. is the Pastor of Walls Temple A.M.E. Zion Church just across the street from the parking lot where the shooting occurred.

The Albany native said he wants to help the community heal.

“To really talk about how can we do things that are community friendly and so that, where we're working together,” Meadows said.

“People just don't realize that guns kill, Phillips said. “They kill.”

Albany Police said they do not have any suspects and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Albany Police Detective Division at (518) 462-8039.


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