Family speaks out on Phenix City man killed near Dillingham St.

Family speaks out on Phenix City man killed near Dillingham St.

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WTVM) - A weekend of violence in the Chattahoochee Valley leaves family members of the victim as well as the community looking for solutions on how to stop the violence.

One man is behind bars and another leaves behind a family wanting answers. 32-year-old Curtis Upshaw was killed over the weekend on Dillingham Street in Phenix City. Police believe 19-year-old Markei Miles is responsible and he is now charged with capital murder.

There is no word yet on if any more arrests will be made. Upshaw’s family says, they’re going to miss the him and they want to see an end to the senseless violence in the Chattahoochee Valley. Charles Bevee was at the Marathon gas station, when Upshaw was shot.

“I didn’t hear no gunshots or nothing, but to the left there I saw a young black male in the car like this spread out and I saw another young black male gesturing somebody,” said Bevee.

According to Upshaw’s sister, Felecia Adams, her brother was with a friend when it happened, and his friend noticed they were being followed. The friend immediately tried to escape the threat of danger, and that’s when things took a turn for the worse.

“They were headed toward 431 south,” said Adams. “They saw them pulling down black ski masks and proceeded to follow them. He tried to run. He says he tried to do everything he could to get away. They turned around, I don’t really know what took place, but my brother’s feet were hanging out the car.”

Upshaw’s family says he always had a smile on his face and had a good attitude. He leaves behind a 10-year-old daughter. His mother feels like capital murder isn’t a steep enough charge.

“She’s having such a hard time,” said Beverly Upshaw. “She loved her daddy and he loved her. What will I say to the people who killed my son, capital murder is not good enough. It is too many young men around here dying at the hands of other people for nothing.”

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact the Phenix City Police Department. According to Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry, Jr., Russell County has seven homicides for the year.

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