Family searches for answers after son thrown to his death

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DUNWOODY, Ga. —

There is a desperate plea for answers from the family of a young man who was thrown to his death from an apartment balcony.

Isaac Herrington's family spoke to Channel 2's Tom Regan about their loss and remembrance of their son.

Police said the 31-year-old assistant bank manager was thrown from a fifth floor balcony of the Axis at Perimeter apartment complex on Aug. 28.

When police arrived at the complex, they found Isaac Herrington dead on the ground. Initially investigators thought it was a suicide but after speaking to witnesses they suspected foul play.

"There's a hole in your heart that will never heal, and our heart's full of grief right now with the loss of our son," Neil Herrington, Isaac's father, told Regan.

Police said the man charged in the death, Barett Ricks, 24, got into a fight with Isaac Herrington at Rick's apartment and then proceeded to push or throw him off the balcony.

Investigators aren't releasing a motive for the fight and described the men as casual acquaintances. There was no mention of drugs or alcohol as being involved.

"Ike was a loving person, just filled with laughter and he will never be forgotten by the people who knew him," said Pam Herrington, Isaac's mother.

The victim's parents, who drove up from Mobile, Ala. to collect their son's belongings told Regan they had already picked out the inscription for his grave stones.

"Ike's legacy will never go away, because he affected so many people's lives," Neil Harrington said.

Barett Ricks remains in jail charged with Isaac Herrington's murder. His next court appearance is scheduled for later this month.