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Man Shot, Killed in Apparent Robbery

The 28-year-old Cartersville man, who was found at a MLK Jr. Drive car wash, had been "mudding" with family early Sunday

A local man was shot and killed last night in an apparent robbery and Cartersville police have no suspects.

Chief Tommy Culpepper said in a news release officers were dispatched at 11:08 p.m. to the Sun-Glo Car Wash on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in response to a call about a man lying in the car wash next to a pickup truck.

When they arrived, officers found Randal Statler Jr., 28, of Cartersville, who was deceased. 

Authorities believe Statler, who appears to have been shot once, was the victim of a robbery. He apparently had been “mudding” earlier with family members and went to the car wash to clean his pickup truck.

Investigators don't know how much, if any, money was taken from Statler.

"We have had several officers and investigators working on this unfortunate incident throughout the night," Culpepper said in a statement. The investigation continues.

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Crissy W. December 17, 2012 at 01:10 PM
The crime rate in Cartersville is getting scary.
Cozmos December 17, 2012 at 01:43 PM
What happened to the police precinct that was opened on MLK because of all the crime that was occurring on that street?
Nelishia Whittemore December 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Chris Rock, the comedian, though he spoke it unnecessarily profane stated it best. Any MLK in America.
jamye wood December 17, 2012 at 03:56 PM
so sad! cartersville is becoming less of a smal safe town i grew up in!
Concerned for my children December 17, 2012 at 05:23 PM
RJ was an amazing person and didn't deserve to die this way. He would have given the shooter his money willingly. I hope the person responsible burns in hell. Rip RJ you will be truly missed.
Andrew December 17, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I hope they find the perpetrator and give them the death sentence.
Brande Poulnot (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Concerned, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all those affected by this tragedy. Can you tell us a little more about RJ? Where did he go to school?
brent harrison croft December 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM
He went to cherokee high in canton. There was not one person that did not like him. You were taken to soon RJ for no reason. RIP brother. You will be terribly missed. Hold it down up there.
steve December 18, 2012 at 01:54 PM
When the po po find him would u please bring him to me i have some country justice for this thug.
molly childs December 18, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Rj was a great person. Worked hard for a living and a happy person. He was one of my bro's good friends, and I take care of his dog "Bear" at the vet's office. He went to schhool at cherokee high and is still friends with alot of people here. A rememberance candle light vigil is be held for him tonight, tues. dec. 18th, at boling park at 630 pm.
Scrumpty a la cart December 18, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I was wondering the exact same thing when I read about this. I'll answer for them "We didn't have the money to keep it staffed." Yeah right.
Delta Grand December 18, 2012 at 02:56 PM
RJ was an awesome friend and a good person! He would have done anything for anyone! His life ended decades to early because of a coward that took his life. Cartersville Police or GBI should find this guy as if it was a cop who lost their life. RJ graduated class of 2002 with me at Cherokee High. He lived in Georgia, but has family in Canada. Come out and show your support of RJ and those lost innocent lives.
casey weaver December 18, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Please broadcast that there is a $1,000 reward in finding Rjs killer!!
d1 December 18, 2012 at 09:05 PM
hopefully they don't take capture him alive
Brande Poulnot (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM
No personal attacks, please.
muddinthendead December 19, 2012 at 12:45 AM
rip rj..chs'02
Brande Poulnot (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 02:43 AM
They just moved to the new public safety headquarters building on Cassville Road. I think the move was sometime last week. Here's more about the new building: http://patch.com/A-m7fT and photos http://patch.com/A-wkhf
d1 December 19, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Brande, Really, you consider my response a personal attack when a guy is murdered washing his car right near the high school. If that was your relative, would you think the same. Justice is law enforcement wasting this piece of trash that took an innocent life.
Brande Poulnot (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 03:34 AM
No, no, not you d1. I deleted two comments from two other users. Sorry for the confusion!
steve December 23, 2012 at 11:44 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=10&ved=0CF0QFjAJ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sentencingproject.org%2Fdoc%2Fpublications%2Frd_crisisoftheyoung.pdf&ei=tHfXUK7hAqbc2QXyxID4BQ&usg=AFQjCNHhdiYFT_JT4z3BjduYAI72xfY6eg

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