Murder victim was buying clothes for a new job

by: Tom Jones Updated:


ATLANTA - Mychal Fair was shot and killed at Underground Atlanta while buying clothes for his new job, his father said.

Twenty-five-year-old Brandon Barnes is accused of shooting Fair, 23, multiple times nearly two weeks ago.

Underground Atlanta is on Alabama Street in downtown. Police said a dispute between the two men spilled outside the mall and ended in gunfire.

Fair's father said his son was not out starting trouble.

"And I want everyone to know he wasn't just a random thug or somebody who was looking for a fight," said Michael Fair. "And he was purchasing some pants to start a new job. That was his aim going there."

Fair said some of his son's friends were accosted by a a group of men, and a fight ensued.

He said the men left, returned and confronted his son near Alabama Street.

"And that's when -- that's when somebody fatally shot my son," he said.

Barnes was charged with murder.

"I just thought it was senseless," said Fair.

He wants to raise awareness about gun violence and young men killing others with big aspirations.

"He wanted to be a teacher," said Fair. "He actually focused on being a math teacher."

Fair said he wants his son's killer held responsible.

"I'm focused on my boy and getting him justice and these people held accountable," he said.
Barnes is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing Tuesday at the Fulton County Courthouse.

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