Vigil honors Albany man killed on Father's Day

September 21, 2017 01:08 PM

ALBANY - Loved ones of Terrance Roberts gathered in a Delaware Street parking lot in Albany Wednesday evening to honor his memory.


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“You loved him, you never seen him in a hostile way, angry,” said Ann Terrell, the aunt of Roberts’ wife. "Always with a smile and always willing to help somebody.”


The 46-year-old, who was nicknamed Deke, was gunned down in the same parking lot three days ago while celebrating Father's Day at an annual barbecue with family and friends.


Albany police said the shooting followed an altercation between several people.


Terrell remembered what it felt like when she got the news.


“I was crying, I was upset because he doesn't bother anybody,” Terrell said. “And he shouldn't have went out like this. God wasn't ready for him to go out like this.”


Terrell's sister, Francsonia Ford-Weiler, said Roberts and his wife have been speaking out against violence following the death of their son, Adeujuan Adams.


The 16 year old died in 2013 months after being stabbed by another teen trying to steal his bike.


“After the loss of their son in such a tragic way, they are committed to see a change in the community,” Ford-Weiler said.


The name of Roberts' son is written on a wall at Reigning Life Family Church along with more than 20 other people killed in Albany in recent years.  


Evelyn Sanles and her husband are pastors at the church and knew Robert's son.


She helped organize Wednesday’s vigil and gathering.


“For people that are feeling lonely, hurt right now, lost,” Sanles said. “Just to be here for them and to help them through what's going to be a very, very difficult time.”


Some hope Roberts’ death sparks much-needed change in the community.


”There is going to be a meeting, a couple of meetings about how this happened,” Ford-Weiler said.


That change could start with what loved ones say Roberts was good at.


“Keep on smiling,” Terrell said. “And be kind to one another."


Albany police say they have no suspects and they have made no arrests.


Roberts’ funeral will be held this Saturday at the Elijah missionary Baptist church in Albany.



Nia Hamm

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