EXCLUSIVE: man killed after 17-hour standoff described as funny, family man

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“No mother should have to hear that, my grandmother wanted her kids to bury her, not the other way around.”

Trying to make sense of what happened, Keith Carter’s family said, all that’s clear is their loved one is gone.

“His daughter, they can’t even talk, like they are broken up I cried on the way coming down here.”

Following a 17-hour stand-off, the 53-year-old was shot and killed. The family said, today, they lost someone who was so much more than what police called an armed gunman.

“He was always a jokester, every time Keith was around it was never a dull moment. Keith always had something funny to say and if your car needed to be fix, everybody went to uncle Keith. Everybody knew that, don’t go to anyone else, go to uncle Keith.”

Carter’s niece, Myeshia Carter said, the father of five was a mechanic and even following his health issues, what happened in those 17 hours was not the man she knew and loved.

“He once wanted to own a mechanical shop but he got cancer so he couldn’t do that. But he loved to just give back to people, so he wasn’t this villain people are portraying him out to be” said Carter.

She said, despite what happened.  The man who cuddled his grand-kids with the same hands he used to make a living; will always be remembered as the family man who would make you smile.

“Don’t be that person to say oh he was just a crazy black man in the hood because that not what he is. He was a black man minding his business, he loved his family and this unfortunate situation knocked on his front door”

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