His family held a public viewing Monday at Alfonso Dawson Mortuary in Atlanta. Nicknamed T-Byrd, he is survived by his son, Thomas IV; five daughters, Aria, Carmen, Kalah, Shannon Byrd-Crossley and Desaree Murden; five grandchildren; and his ex-wife.
“I realized that God’s gift to me was my dad and the way he loved me and the way that he made me feel —that I was the smartest, most capable, most beautiful person in the world,” Murden said Tuesday, her voice cracking with emotion. “I could do anything. I would say something trivial. And he would be like, ‘Girl, you are so smart.’”
Atlanta police are urging people with tips about the shooting to call 404-577-8477.