Brother of homebuilder shot, killed during carjacking in Buckhead grateful suspect is behind bars

The brother of a homebuilder who was shot and killed during a carjacking in Buckhead says he is grateful his brother’s accused killer and his accomplice are behind bars.

“We want to thank the officer and the detectives for their quick work in finding these guys,” Ron Eberhart told Channel 2′s Michael Seiden during a phone interview on Tuesday.

“I do want to thank the three parties that called 911 that took the time to actually you know call for help.”

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Christopher “Chris” Eberhart, 57, of Gainesville, was shot and killed in a driveway on Peachtree Battle shortly after 7 a.m. on Oct. 13.

The accused shooter, Travis Landrey, 18, faces charges of felony murder, murder, motor vehicle hijacking and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

“It’s still just a senseless, senseless act just for a truck,” Ron Eberhart said.


The eldest of three brothers, Christopher Eberhart was also a husband, father and grandfather who loved to spend time with family and friends.

“He did a lot for the community. He was a Freemason. He’s done a lot of work with the veterans, like building handicap ramps and stuff like that as well,” Ron Eberhart said. “If the kid would’ve just asked him, he would’ve probably just given him the truck.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help support his children and offset funeral expenses.

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