Violence Tears Apart Longtime Couple

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More gun violence in the city has left another innocent victim in its wake. This time it has torn apart a couple that had been together for nearly three decades.

A prayer walk was organized at 24th and Manderson Tuesday in an effort to provide some type of comfort for those people who are left behind after the shooting stops.

L.B. Liggins, 76, was allegedly shot to death by his nephew, Ray Hubbard.

The victim’s girlfriend, Mattie Smith, said, “I'll wake up and look over the side of the bed he sleeps on and he ain't there. Then I'll get up, walk into the living room, watch TV and cry."

Smith is crying because she remembers the good old days. Her companion of close to 30 years is gone.

Mattie said Liggins was trying to break up a family fight on Saturday afternoon when she says his nephew shot him. She said Hubbard was not taking his medication for a mental condition when he fired the gun.

Smith said, “I’m not going to hold nobody at fault. I'm just thanking, you know, God that I had him for this long."

Hubbard is charged with Second Degree Murder, Use of a Weapon to Commit a felony and Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prohibited Person.

Mattie is now all alone and she wants all the violence to stop.

“I watch TV and I say, ‘Oh God it's another person gone.’”

Hubbard is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.


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