A heartbreaking story reaches us today. The Courier-Journal reported on Monday that police shot and killed David McAtee, the owner of a barbecue business, Yaya’s BBQ, in western Louisville, Kentucky.
McAtee’s mother spoke with the Courier-Journal about her son and all the things he did for the community.
Odessa Riley recalled that her son would give free meals to law enforcement from his barbecue business.
“He fed them free,” Riley said. “He fed the police and didn’t charge them nothing.”
“He left a great legend behind. He was a good person. Everybody around him would say that,” she said. “My son didn’t hurt nobody. He didn’t do nothing to nobody.”
McAtee also donated his time and food to Volunteers of America’s Louisville Family Housing Services (LFHS) helping provide meals to the homeless.
McAtee was shot near Dino’s Food Mart at the corner of 26th and Broadway after police and the National Guard thought someone fired at them and they opened fire.
“My son was a good son. All he did on that barbecue corner is try to make a dollar for himself and his family,” McAtee’s mother added. “And they come along and they killed my son.”
“It’s alright to lose a mother or father. You get hurt by that, too. But when a mother loses her child, a piece of you goes along with that child,” she said.
Riley is now demanding that the bodycam footage from the incident be released.
"Right now, I can't tell you the feeling I have. All I can say — when a mother loses her child, a piece of you goes along with that child." — Odessa Riley, #DavidMcAtee's mother #Louisville #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/jdtI4mqcZL
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) June 1, 2020
You can see a video of the clash with police from afar below: