MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 19-year-old was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Margret Gaddy, but the victim's family said they still don't feel safe.
According to police, Roderick Barber was developed as a suspect after a witness came forward. That person said the victim was with her juvenile grandson in the 3200 block of Spring Valley Cove in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon when Barber walked up and began firing shots.
The witness attempted to drive Gaddy to the hospital for help but the car they were in reportedly stopped more than a mile away on Ridgemont Avenue at Egypt Central. That's where she was later found by officers and pronounced dead.
“She normally would call me and say, ‘CB, I love you.’ I didn’t get that call today because she’s gone," Gaddy's aunt Cynthia Bowen said.
A motive for the shooting was not released by police, but the victim's family blamed the shooting on Gaddy's son's involvement in a local gang.
“I hope don’t anyone else get killed over this mess," the victim's great-aunt Gladys Bowen said. "I’m glad they got that kid but the kids that were there, they’ve got parents too. So it’s not just hurting my side, it’s hurting their parents too.”
Barber was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and employing a firearm during the commission of a violent felony.
“I’m glad they got him, but I think more people are going to get hurt due to what happened," Cynthia Bowen said.
The victim's family is trying to remember her lovingly, through positive stories about her personality and goofy sense of humor, but just 24 hours later, the sadness is still hard to overcome.
“It’s a great loss, and I don’t know how we’re going to get over it," Gladys Bowen said. "But there’s a good lord who will help us get over it. Margret, I’m going to miss you.”
Barber’s first court date is set for Thursday morning.