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Family and friends of slain Shoals man speak out

By Josh Ault - Bio | Email

COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - It has been almost a month since a Shoals man was murdered in a home invasion.  No one has been arrested for the crime.  Thursday we sat down with the victim's wife.

She says her family will continue to live in fear until the 3 suspects are off the streets.  She is pleading with anyone to come forward with information about her husband's murder.

Yellow crime tape surrounded the Rick's home on Gate 6 Road in Colbert County on November 25th.  Early that morning, 3 armed gunmen entered the home.  They tied up Harry James Ricks Senior, his wife, and teenage daughter using duct tape and plastic ties.  When Ricks tried to escape, one of the me shot him.  Those 3 men are still on the loose.

Rita Ricks, the victim's wife, said, "It saddens my heart to know they are walking the streets and there still people vulnerable to this."

Ricks says she can not spend another night in their house till these three men are caught.

Ricks said, "It's going to be hard to pick up the pieces of our life and move further till we gain some normalcy to our life, until they catch the ones who done this."

Ricks and her 2 children have being staying with her mother while investigators work the case.

Zela Phillips, Rick's mother, said, "I'm hoping they'll catch them because justice needs to be served on what they've done."

On Wednesday, co-workers from NAFCO, where Ricks had worked for 17 years, gave the family a frame with photos.  She says she appreciates everyone's support while her family waits on closure.

Ricks added, "If you have any type of conscience, you could not walk around knowing you have done this, committed murder and victimized other people, thing you can get by, you can't do it, it won't happen."

No one got a good description of the suspects, they were all dressed in black and carried handguns.  If you have any information about this murder, contact the Colbert County Sheriff's Department at 256-383-0741.


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