The brother of an Atlanta megachurch pastor was shot and killed Tuesday morning.
Jerrick Jackson, 46, of Atlanta, brother of Rev. Wiley Jackson of Gospel Tabernacle Church, died from several gunshot wounds to his torso.
Atlanta police were called to the shooting on Lowe Street Northwest around 1 a.m.
Jerrick Jackson's fiancee said they had just returned home from a fast food restaurant. When they exited their car, several men got out of a car on Lowe Street, possibly a black Mustang, and approached them with guns drawn.
They robbed the victims outside and then ordered the victims into the house, according to police.
As they entered the house, police said Jerrick Jackson began to fight with the robbers.
Anbiya Mitchell told CBS Atlanta News she had no idea why anyone would want to rob and murder the man she called dad.
Mitchell was upstairs when she heard her mother and her mother's fiance Jerrick Jackson being forced inside their home.
"At that time I barricaded myself in my room and call 911," said Mitchell. "I loved him. And I really do consider him a hero because he did protect me from the four guys getting upstairs."
One of the robbers fired his weapon several times, striking Jackson.
The other men then left.
Police said Jackson was targeted. But, Mitchell she said she can't imagine what the crooks may have wanted or where they would have put it since so many of them piled into one Mustang and took off, leaving a man to die and a family to grieve.
"They really kind of took her from starting a new life with the man she really loved," said Mitchell of her mother's loss.
Rev. Wiley Jackson issued the following statement about the death of his brother:
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my youngest brother, Jerrick Jackson. This is another senseless act of violence. My family not only lost our loved one, but there are several other people who are affected. I have dedicated my entire life to work to uplift the community and invest into the lives of youth, specifically young men. I am committed even the more to continue to invest into the lives of our youth. To the young men who committed this senseless act, as a man of faith and a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have already forgiven you, but I ask you to turn yourselves in so that you can begin the process of true redemption."
The incident hit close to home for Atlanta City Council member Felicia Moore.
Moore issued this statement:
"I am truly shocked and saddened to hear of this senseless and brutal killing of my neighbor and constituent in Council District 9. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. The Homicide Unit is actively investigating the incident and is working with other units to determine if this is related to other recent crimes in Riverside and surrounding neighborhoods. I will stay in contact with the zone commander, Major Van Hobbs."
CBS Atlanta News will have more information as it becomes available.
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