Who was David McAtee? Community praises Louisville business owner killed Monday by authorities

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – David McAtee, the proprietor of YaYa’s BBQ, was shot and killed by specialists early Monday morning, an episode under scrutiny by state and neighborhood police.

McAtee was a “community column,” said his mother, Odessa Riley.

“He abandoned an extraordinary legend. He was a good person. Everyone around him would state that,” she said. “My son didn’t hurt no one. He didn’t do nothing to no one.”

Riley was among the hundreds who amassed the edge of 26th and Broadway on Monday where police and National Guard personnel were separating an “enormous group” in a parking area, as indicated by law authorization authorities.

David McAtee

Police Chief Steve Conrad said in an announcement Monday that somebody took shots at officials, and officials and troopers “brought shoot back.” The characters of the suspect and the individuals who returned discharge have not been discharged.

McAtee’s grill business is close to the Dino’s Food Mart parking garage where the shooting occurred around 12:15 a.m. neighborhood time Monday morning.

His character was affirmed Monday by his nephew to The Louisville Courier Journal of the USA TODAY Network.

McAtee, 53, worked his business at one of the most mainstream corners of Louisville’s West End territory.

“I’ve been doing this for around 30 years, however I’ve been here for two,” he told the distribution West of Ninth in a meeting in February. “This area is the probably the busiest area in west Louisville. I generally needed to be in this spot, and whenever the open door came, I took it.”

McAtee said he would have liked to one day purchase the parcel at 26th Street and Broadway and manufacture an eatery.

“I gotta start some place, and this is the place I’m going to begin,” he said. “It may take one more year or two to get to where I’m going, however I’m going to arrive.”

‘He took care of the police and didn’t charge them nothing’

Individuals who talked with The Courier Journal said the culinary specialist cooked at community occasions over the territory’s nine neighborhoods.

“Mr. McAtee would assist us with Californian Day for at any rate 15 years if not longer,” Greg Cotton Jr., who lives in Middletown, Kentucky, said in a meeting Monday. “He was one of the ones who might give all his time and all his food, everyone could simply come up and take it, and he wouldn’t charge since it was for the area.”

McAtee’s mother and his nephew disclosed to The Courier Journal that he took care of police too.

“He took care of them free,” Riley said. “He took care of the police and didn’t charge them nothing.

“My son was a good son. All he did on that grill corner is attempt to make a dollar for himself and his family,” she said. “Also, they tag along and they executed my son.”

Louisville Metro Council President David James portrayed McAtee as a personal companion who realized what was happening in the area and the city and consistently offered free food to those out of luck and others.

“He’s only a good, conventional person,” James said. “He trusts in this area. He adores his city, cherishes his neighborhood, wants to prepare food, wants to keep individuals content with his comical inclination. He’s only an incredible person.”

Councilwoman Jessica Green said she didn’t know McAtee personally however called the culinary specialist a “staple in the community” who was in every case well disposed to individuals.

“To wake up and see that he was presently dead, I genuinely for the most recent week and a half, I’ve had a pit in the base of my stomach pretty much all of this,” she said. “I’m simply troubled and uncomfortable at this moment.”

Cotton said the passing of a liberal working man in the community will be another slap as the city reels from the dubious police shooting of Breonna Taylor.

“Mr. McAtee’s heritage is something that can’t be copied or supplanted,” he said. “There are just a bunch of individuals who care about the community the way that he did.”

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What have his relatives said?

McAtee came back to his local city of Louisville around eight years prior in the wake of living quickly in Atlanta.

The gourmet expert said he had “been shot and looted since” moving back in light of the fact that he was “carrying on with an insane way of life, however I needed to surrender it.”

Riley said her son was a good concoct developing. She said that when a mother loses a kid, “a bit of you obliges that kid.”

“It’s okay to lose a mother or father. You get injured by that, as well. However, when a mother loses her youngster, a bit of you obliges that kid,” she said. “Why? Since you convey that youngster for nine long months.”

She said she covered her “infant little girl on Jan. 22,” and “now my child son has gotten executed.”

“I’m simply going through it,” she said.

City hall leader Greg Fischer slice through the huge group that accumulated at 26th Street and Broadway to talk with McAtee’s mother. A few spectators communicated gratefulness for the civic chairman showing up while others said he was there for a photograph operation and should call for the National Guard to be pulled back.

Riley said Fischer communicated his sympathies and said “whatever he can accomplish for me, he’s there for me and my family.”

“He even said a supplication and everything before he left,” she said. “City hall leader Fischer was really decent, and I disclosed to him he was a good person.”

When inquired as to whether she believed that the body camera film from the shooting ought to be discharged and if the National Guard should have been pulled out of the city, other relatives ringed in and stated, “All of that. We need all of that.”

Follow columnists Phillip M. Bailey (@phillipmbailey) and Darcy Costello (@dctello) on Twitter.

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