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Father re-opens barbershop in slain son's honor

Charlie Artis Jr., 30,  was gunned down in broad daylight about a month ago outside his Gunboat Plaza barber shop. Charlie Artis Jr., 30, was gunned down in broad daylight about a month ago outside his Gunboat Plaza barber shop.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The father of a murdered barbershop owner re-opened his son's barbershop in his name this weekend. Charlie Artis Sr. is offering the space rent free for any barbers who would like to work in the shop.

Charlie Artis Jr., 30,  was gunned down in broad daylight about a month ago outside his Gunboat Plaza barber shop.

Victor Toliver never thought he would have to say goodbye to his childhood friend. "If anything Charlie could make me laugh and it was just something about him he made me smile just from his first impression," explained Toliver. 

The two grew up together in California where their fathers were stationed in the military. Toliver made the trip from Macon to Columbus Saturday for the re-opening of Charlie Artis' barbershop.

His father worked through the night, getting everything into place.

"This is a prime time for me to jump in to use what Charlie had to help someone for as long as I can," said Artis. 

The walls of the shop are lined with some of Charlie's favorite posters and pictures. Inside the shop is a memorabilia room filled with pictures throughout different stages of Charlie's life. Charlie's father says the room is for the community and friends. 

"It really touched me a lot since the fact that Charlie's not here but he is still here," Toliver.

Free food, games for kids, and haircuts were all part of Saturday's big celebration. Remembering and honoring the life of Charlie Artis.

Charlie's barbershop is currently being ran by donations; booths are free of charge to any barber interested in cutting hair at the shop. 

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