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Victim's father speaks out after suspect is charged in W 54th St. shooting

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Two arrests Friday morning in two savannah homicides. Not only the now possibly solved Wesley Franklin murder case, but an arrest in last month's shooting death near Hodge Elementary School.

Obviously, this is some closure for the family of Roderick Richardson.

They didn't have to wait as long as Wesley Franklin's family but they still have questions. Their 38-year-old son was on his way to work around midnight on April 25 when he was shot and killed inside his car. 

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police announced that 19-year-old Darrell Hendrix was arrested in Duval County, Florida for a probation violation on Wednesday. Friday morning, Hendrix was charged with the murder of Richardson. Richardson's father, Larry, who is a retired Savannah police officer, says only the suspect can answer the questions his family has.

"The question that comes to my mind is why did he have to kill him? He could have robbed him. I don't think my son was armed. His life was not in danger, so I would like to know why he had to kill him," Larry Richardson said.

Larry Richardson stood alongside Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Friday after they made the announcement of the arrest. Richardson says his son's death has hit his family very hard. Larry Richardson says Roderick, who had a wife, six children and worked for 18 years at Derst Bakery, was his wife's pride and joy. He said reliving the pain during the court proceedings will be difficult for his family.

"One of the hardest things for me to do when my son told me what happened was seeing her in a deep sleep. I just looked at her and I said, 'How am I going to wake this woman up and tell her her baby boy is dead,'" Larry Richardson said. 

Larry Richardson spoke with WTOC Friday afternoon on the phone and he said this is a kind of closure and he's very pleased with how quick the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department made an arrest. 

Hendrix could be brought back to Chatham County as early as this weekend.

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