by: Ryan Young Updated:
ATLANTA - The family of a man attacked with a hammer and fatally gunned down in a robbery last week is speaking out, looking for the community to help find the killer.
Ron Clark, 57, was killed last week as a man tried robbing him of a cashed check on Marietta Boulevard.
"You didn't have to kill him. Why did you kill him? You didn't have to kill my husband," said Marilyn Clark, the man's wife.
Clark said it was the worst day of her life.
Police said someone waited for her husband to leave a store with a cashed check, before killing him.
"He was my best friend. He was everything I breathe," Marilyn Clark said.
"Mr. Clark stopped at a local business off Marietta Boulevard to cash a substantial payroll check. While he was inside that business a suspect entered that van and hid himself in the back seat," Maj. Darryl Tolleson of the Atlanta Police Department said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
Police released a picture of a man in shorts they said drove a black Jeep Grand Cherokee as a getaway vehicle.
Police said that man followed Clark's van.
"After cashing the check, the suspect emerged from the back of the seat and began to assault Mr. Clark with a hammer.
We believe he tried to protect himself and fight back, at which time the suspect pulled a gun and shot Mr. Clark," Tolleson said.
But Clark's wife is hoping for more answers and hoping someone will turn the men in.
"If Ron was alive today, he would just
say, 'Just forgive them,'" Marilyn Clark said.
Police are asking anyone with information in this case to please call Crime Stoppers 404-577-8477.