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Manhunt on for Marietta Boulevard Shooting Victim's Killer

Police seek public's help in solving brazen April 26 crime.

Atlanta police are looking to the public to help them find three men wanted in connection with the April 26 shooting death of a Sandy Springs man who was robbed after cashing his check at a Marietta Boulevard store.

Ronald Eugene Clark, 57, was attacked with a hammer and then shot when he fought back in the brazen daytime robbery, which occurred just before 3 p.m.

Clark was apparently ambushed. Police said his attacker was hiding in his van and attacked when he returned.

Police are looking for at least one man whom they say is a "person of interest" in the incident. That man, captured in surveillance video of the check cashing store, was seen getting into the getaway vehicle, a black, limited edition Jeep Grand Cherokee with after-market chrome wheels.

The license plate number was obscured by some sort of covering.

"We've got several people we're looking at," Atlanta Police Department Maj. Darryl Tolleson, who heads major crimes, said an a news conference Tuesday. "Anyboy that was in the area and may have seen something, we're asking that they contact us."

'My only comfort right now is that he's in the arms of Jesus.'

— Marilyn Davis Clark, widow.

Clark's widow, Marilyn Davis Clark, tearfully recounted how she learned of her husband's death — friend's called to let her know his van was in a shootout and it was all over the television news.

"He was my best friend," she said, fighting back tears. "If they wanted to rob my husband, just take his money. You didn't have to kill him. Why did you kill him? You didn't have to have to kill my husband."

Davis, her husband of 15 years, was shot and killed in the 2000 block of Marietta Boulevard Friday on the city's west side. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died.

"There are so many family and friends that loved Ron that just want to band together and just pray and just pray and just pray for his familiy," said. "If Ron was alive today he would say just 'forgive him.' "

Her husband, she said, was robbed in 2000, stabbed and managed to wrestle the knife from his assailant.

"He held no grudges; he was not an angry man," his widow, flanked by her family, friends and pastor said. "He did not have a mean bone in his body."

Atlanta Police Homicide Investigators are asking anyone who was in the area and may have seen something to call Crime Stoppers at 404.577.8477 or Investigators at 404.546.4235.

A frustrated resident April 30, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Not exactly in close proximity to Midtown but tragic nonetheless. When they find this pathetic low life ass hat I hope he's slowly hammered to death as well.
Cossa April 30, 2013 at 08:31 PM
An easily preventable crime. Use bank accounts. Don't use check cashing services, particularly in such a bad area of town. Don't carry lots of cash.
RandyJ May 01, 2013 at 01:46 AM
That's like saying "you can prevent a car jacking... by riding your bike instead." Maybe the issue is the criminal who preys upon people -- not the victim who is exercising free will to do what he wants.
aposter May 01, 2013 at 06:42 AM
Crumbling infrastructure, brazen daytime murders...but hey at least we'll have a shiny new stadium....Thank you Kasim Reed!
jMichael May 01, 2013 at 07:54 AM
Terrific observation.
jMichael May 01, 2013 at 08:03 AM
This dirtbag is easily recognizable. There must be dozens of citizens who could ID him if they had the guts, or the civic pride, to do so. His mother? His sister or brother? The clerk at the local convenience store? The neighbor just down the hall? Plenty know who this creep is and where he is hiding. Civic pride?, anyone? ...or is "Pride" just another feel-good mantra for the losers?
Jen M. May 01, 2013 at 04:12 PM
It's easier for you to blame the victim so that you can reassure yourself that the same thing would never happen to you. This man did nothing wrong by getting his check cashed, and in regards to using bank accounts, people get robbed at ATMs all the time. Exercise some compassion, Cossa. A man lost his life for a senseless reason.
Harry tainter May 04, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Terrible area to be picking up cash, lock your car so people can't sneak inside. Fact is if he wasn't so cavalier about picking up a wad of cash he wouldn't be a target. Self preservation takes diligence and common sense
Really? May 05, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Wow, those of you who are blaming the victim have lost touch with your humanity. My heart is broken for this man's family and I hope, for all of us, that the dirt bags who did this get the justice they have coming to them.

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