As dad is laid to rest, DeKalb cops need help finding road rage killer

Gerald Tisdale was headed to see the kids.

The 52-year-old had two, ages 12 and 9. On Thursday, a day after what would’ve been his 53rd birthday, the father was laid to rest in Lithonia.

DeKalb County police are still searching for his killer. They have said they believe Tisdale was shot during a road rage incident on U.S. 78, with the people in the other car being the aggressors, according to Channel 2 Action News.

The four people in the Nissan Altima fled after Tisdale was shot and his vehicle wrecked.

Police say this is the vehicle where the shots came from that killed Gerald Tisdale. (DeKalb County Police Department)

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The family is hurt and angry, a friend said.

“He cared a lot of about his family. He adored his children,” Paul Preyer told Channel 2. “They're certainly angry about why this happened and the children don’t quite understand how it occurred and particularly why their father.”

Police haven’t identified any suspects, at least not publicly. 

“They can run from the law and they can’t run from their conscious and they can’t run from God,” Preyer said.

Anyone with information can leave anonymous tips and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting

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Friends say Gerald Tisdale was on his way to see his children when someone opened fire on him driving down Highway 78. (Channel 2 Action News)

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