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Mom of Criminal Shot And Killed During Robbery Is Furious

The mother of an armed robber who was killed in the midst of a robbery doesn't think it is fair that her son had to die. She says she doesn't think the robbery victim had a right to use deadly force in defending himself. She also says she doesn't believe her son would have really hurt anyone. She believes the victim should go to jail for his actions.

Michael Grace Jr. of Charlotte, North Carolina and two other people attempted to rob a Pizza Hut early Sunday morning. Grace is a former employee at that very restaurant, and his mother says the family had fallen into financial problems that left her son desperate.

Grace was an unskilled laborer who worked (and was frequently fired from) low-paying jobs. He had recently lost his car due to his financial problems.

The 28-year-old was essentially homeless, but he had a 4-year-old child and a girlfriend who was pregnant. He felt pressure to provide and participated in the robbery. He and his mother, Temia Hairston, recently had a talk about his situation.

"We were talking about baby Michael and I was like, ‘you got to get it together because [the child’s mother] is having to take care of him by herself because you’re not working. I need you to get yourself together and get back on your grind,'" said Hairston.

The mother said her son was nodding, 'but he had a look on his face like he had nothing left to lose'.

A few hours later, Grace participated in the robbery. He and his accomplices burst in after the restaurant closed in the wee hours of the morning.

One employee was armed with his personal handgun. He fired at the suspects, striking Grace fatally in the head.

Hairston wants that Pizza Hut employee charged for her son's death. “My son was out doing something wrong … I don’t condone his actions, but he didn’t deserve to die,” she said Monday, while crying. “If you decide to rob someone, then you face a judge. If prison was where he was going, then prison is where he should be instead of in the ground.”

Police haven't charged the individual who fired a gun, or released his identity. Pizza Hut is doing an investigation because employees are not permitted to carry firearms to work.

“The local Pizza Hut franchisee is fully cooperating with the Charlotte Police Department as they continue their investigation, but want to stress that the security of its staff is of utmost concern. They are providing support to the team members involved to ensure their health and well-being following this incident. The employee involved in the shooting has been placed on a leave of absence following further review," the company said in a statement.

Hairston is furious, though. “Why in the hell did this guy have a gun? ...This wasn’t a body shot. This was a head shot. My son was shot in the left side of his head just behind his ear. A headshot is personal,” she says.

“Even a criminal has a right to a degree,” said Michael Grace Sr., the deceased man's father.

“I’m not advocating what my son did," Grace Sr. added.

According to police, their investigation is ongoing.

Source: AGG
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