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CBS46 talks with family of man killed in road rage incident on I-285

Posted June 8

— CBS46 talked with the family of a man who was killed during a road rage incident along I-285 in DeKalb County on Monday.

Chris Ervin, 33, was shot and killed by another driver, later identified as 39-year-old Johnnie Hudson, following the fender bender.

According to the police report, Hudson asked a witness who stopped at the scene to call 911 and told him, "I just shot him." Hudson also reportedly told the witness Ervin didn't have a gun, which is why he was charged with murder, according to authorities.

"The driver of the Lexus (Ervin) exited his vehicle and approached the pickup truck, and that's when the driver of the pickup truck (Hudson) fired through his closed window at the driver of the Lexus (Ervin)," said DeKalb County police spokesperson Shiera Campbell.

The parents of Ervin say they're dealing with a roller coaster of emotions and say their son's death was senseless and they can't believe he's gone.

His mother, Alberta Ervin, holds back the tears and is still trying to figure out how her youngest son's life ended so soon.

"Why my son? I know it could've been anybody. I do understand that but why him," said Ervin. "I miss my son. That was my baby. That guy took my child, its ridiculous."

Charles Ervin, Chris' father, is still at a loss and is trying to come to grips the reality that his son is gone.

"I was bewildered, lost, a piece of me had been just torn away," said Charles Ervin. "Its painful. It's like somebody came and stabbed you with an ice pick and took it and kept doing this with it."

His parents tell CBS46 that Chris was full of life, enjoyed spending time with his three children and kept a positive attitude. His last post on Facebook just hours before he died shows how full of life Chris was.

"I am so lucky to be alive this (Monday) morning. I wanted to share my happiness with everybody. I hope everyone feels the same way as I do this morning. Good morning Facebook. It's Monday. Lets get this money"

Meantime, Charles and Alberta prepare to lay him to rest. But they have a question for the man who killed their son.

"I want justice and I want to know, why did you have to take his life?" asks Alberta.

No bond has been issued for Johnnie Hudson, who is scheduled to appear in court on June 20.

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