Overcome by tears, the mother of a Fort Benning fire inspector who was fatally shot by police called on District Attorney Julia Slater to clear her son's name.
"I'm hurting, I'm tired and I'm tired," Michael Love told neighbors and supporters from the steps of 2907 Gardenia St. where Tony Carr lived. "I'm tired. You hear me."
Love joined about 15 people in the Midtown yard Friday for a prayer vigil more than a year after the 34-year-old Carr was shot twice by Columbus police Officer Vincent Lockhart Jr. The encounter occurred shortly after police chased bank robbery suspect Alrahiem Tolbert from the MEA Federal Credit Union on Macon Road, and Tolbert tried to take the work truck Carr had driven home to let out his dog.
Love said the district attorney told her during a conference call she was going to announce a decision to take the case to the grand jury. The news of that announcement changed after Love arrived in Columbus on Thursday and met with Slater at a downtown motel, Love said.
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"She said she was going to announce she was taking it to the grand jury, but we had a meeting yesterday and she decided she is not," Love said. "She has to evaluate some more. She already got three investigations and thousands of pages, which don't make sense."
Slater could not be reached for comment late Friday.
Nate Sanderson, president of the local branch of the NAACP and who was at the hotel meeting, confirmed Slater said the case "hit a snag."
A probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was forwarded to Slater's office on Nov. 21, 2011.
Love said she wouldn't have come to Columbus from North Carolina unless she understood the case was going to the grand jury, she said.
"That was the purpose of me coming or I would have stayed away," she said. "Yesterday she told me she wasn't going."
The death of Carr has taken him away from his three children and his siblings. He was a hard worker who traveled to Afghanistan, Quatar, and Kosovo, his mother said.
"I'm asking you who in God's earth wears their name tag where they work in their driveway and be stupid enough to rob a bank?" Love asked. "My son, I taught him better."
Love said she wants the district attorney and the police chief to clear her son's name.
The group sang a hymn and listened to prayers from the Revs. Richard Jessie, Alonza Whitaker and Sanderson.
Whitaker, who is also Slater's chief assistant district attorney, said he was present as a pastor for the vigil and not in his work capacity.