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January 15, 2016


DAILYKENN.com -- 21-year-old Ashton Blake Roberts was fatally shot during a robbery at a fast food store. 

The young man stopped by Jack's Restaurant to pick up burgers after a hard day of work. Roderick King, the alleged killer, apparently preferred theft and murder over work. 

Jasper's Ford and Dodge dealership hired Roberts two weeks ago as a mechanic. 

Police say security video reveals the victim offered no resistance when he was fatally shot. 


Roderick King, 19, is charged with capital murder. King was awaiting trial for a 2014 case where police say shots were fired during a robbery at a Burger King.

The crime occurred in Pleasant Grove, Ala. and was reported Jan. 15, 2016.

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Roberts was standing in line at Jack's on Wednesday night when police say King, brandishing a rifle, stormed the Park Road restaurant and ordered everyone inside to the floor. Roberts, it appears, froze and hesitated, and was shot in the face.

King then turned the gun toward a teenage cashier and demanded money. He fled with an undetermined amount of cash. The entire robbery and killing took just 11 seconds.

Jasper Ford, where Roberts worked, released this statement via Facebook: "Our hearts go out to the family of Ashton Roberts, of Sumiton. He was a young technician with a great future ahead of him. We are inexpressibly sorry to have lost him so early. We will update our page with funeral home information when available."

Jack's also is providing counseling for the crew and individual counseling for the five team members who were working when the shooting happened. In the statement, the company also thanked FBC Church for being on-site Wednesday to "provide spiritual guidance to the employee at Jack's along with the family of the victim."



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