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BRUNDIDGE, AL (WSFA) -
A Pike County family is still in shock after a man kicked down their door and murdered a loved right in front of their eyes. It happened Sunday evening at a home off Highway 125 in the Tarentum community, just outside of Brundidge.
Ernestine Casrell will never see her son smile again, hear his laugh, or watch him play with his 3-year-old little boy.
"My son is dead and I'm so hurt, real hurt," said Ernestine. She continued by saying, "My son was talking about getting married, changing his life, trying to get his son."
Sunday night her, son, 24-year-old Terrence Casrell, was murdered in their home. She says during the evening while watching a movie, a man wearing a ski mask kicked down their front door and began shooting. She says her son grabbed his gun and returned fire.
"I was so terrified. I didn't expect anything like this to happen out here," stated Ernestine.
Investigators identified the shooter as 31-year-old Adrian Cornelilius McClendon. Casrell says once McClendon realized her son was dead, he took off.
McClendon only ran about 10 yards before he collapsed and died. Before he passed away, the victim's mother was able to speak to her son's killer.
"He took off his hood and he was rolling over on his side and he said "I'm sorry, I'm sorry." I said sorry wasn't good enough. You broke into my house and shot at my son."
"The way people settle their differences or disputes now is through violence and through guns. It's very, very sad," stated Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas.
Casrell believes there are more involved, saying someone had to drop off McClendon.
She said, "I just wish they could stop all the violence, it's wrong. Whoever the individual that drove him down here, I want them to pay dearly."
Terrance's mother does not know why McLendon came to her home and killed her son.
The sheriff's department is not releasing a motive but says they are continuing to investigate the case.
There were 3 other people inside the home when the shooting took place. Casrell credits her son's actions for saving others' lives. Investigators with the Pike County Sheriff's department believe Terrance was the only intended target.