Police are calling it a senseless crime.
Four friends who wanted to have a few drinks in Downtown Savannah will now be planning a funeral instead.
That’s the result of a shooting Saturday night just before 11:30pm in the post office parking lot at Fahm street and West Bay street.
The same spot where 26-year-old Hakeem Clark took his last breath.
Police tell us he was killed by a robber’s bullet.
“At that point I don’t know what to think, I went numb for just that minute,” explained SPO James Williams. A Hinesville Police Officer and friend of Clark’s.
As a Hinesville Police officer, James Williams sees crime happen every day. but this crime, this death, hit too close to home.
“He was a great guy,” says Williams. “And as far as i’m concerned he still is a great guy. even though he’s not with us.”
Williams lived next to hakeem clark in hinesville for almost seven years. That was after Clark starred on the Liberty County High School Track team, and when he started working at Dan Vaden Nissan and as at SNF Holding company in Riceboro.
Williams uses words like respectable and genuine to describe him. And words like shocking and heartbreaking to describe his death.
“Its a loss to the community, to his family. to his friends, to anyone period,” said Williams.
That loss, the result of a killer’s bullet in a Fahm street parking lot Saturday night.
Police say the chemical operator at SNF, car detailer and grocery store worker was just trying to have some fun when robbers took more than his wallet, they took his life.
“Anybody out there who is thinking negative about it or is saying oh he was doing this doing that. No, that was not Hakeem,” explains the officer.
Now Williams and everyone else who knew Hakeem Clark is thinking about the men who committed the crime and pulled the trigger which ended his life.
“They need to come forward. step in and do it quickly,” said Williams. “Everyone else is working hard for it. Why do it the illegal way. For someone to lose their life is senseless. These shootings need to stop, these crimes need to stop.”
Savannah-chatham Metro Police need more clues in this case.
The suspects are described as two slender black men who had caps or masks over their faces.
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