Candlelight vigil for local man draws hundreds
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mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
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Family and friends paid tribute Tuesday to Randal Statler Jr., a former Cherokee High School student killed Sunday in an apparent robbery. Above: Statler’s family, from left, uncle Ronnie Statler, sister Nicole Statler, father Randal Statler and close family friend Cheryl Kuhn, attend the vigil.<br>staff/Nathan Self
Family and friends paid tribute Tuesday to Randal Statler Jr., a former Cherokee High School student killed Sunday in an apparent robbery. Above: Statler’s family, from left, uncle Ronnie Statler, sister Nicole Statler, father Randal Statler and close family friend Cheryl Kuhn, attend the vigil.
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CANTON — A Tuesday candlelight vigil in Boling Park brought out hundreds in support of a former Cherokee High School student killed Sunday in an apparent robbery in Cartersville.

Randal “R.J.” Statler Jr. of Cartersville was found shot and killed at Sun Glo Car Wash on Martin Luther King Drive.

Funeral services are scheduled for the 28-year-old Friday at 4 p.m. at South Canton Funeral Home with Dr. Richard Statler officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at South Canton Funeral Home.

Capt. Mark Camp with Cartersville Police Department said investigators continue to pursue all leads in the case to identify Statler’s killer.

“Several agencies are involved and are working around the clock,” Camp said. “Over 30 area law enforcement officers have been involved thus far.”

Camp said investigators have interviewed one person of interest but the person is not a suspect at this time.

“Officers are analyzing videos, cellphone records, and any other possible evidence in order to find the suspect responsible for this tragedy,” Camp said.

Leslie Childs, whose son went to Cherokee High School with Statler, said he was a “great guy” and an “absolutely wonderful person.”

Her son, Keven Childs, said the vigil was difficult to endure, but an amazing experience.

“R.J. was a good person,” he said. “He didn’t have an enemy in the world.”

Keven Childs described Statler, his friend since middle school, as a hard-working person who earned everything he had.

“He was superintendent at his construction company, living right and believed in God,” he said. “I just don’t see how he could be taken out of this world.”

Keven Childs said R.J. was always a positive person.

“If you were having a bad day, he’d come and tell you positive stuff,” he said. “He took whatever was negative around him and pushed it out.”

Statler is survived by his father Randall Rodan Statler Sr. of Cartersville, his mother Dorothy Croff, who lives in Canada, and his sister Nicole Statler of Cartersville.

On Monday morning, Camp said in a release officers were dispatched to the car wash at about 11:08 p.m. Sunday in reference to a call about a man lying in the car wash next to a pickup truck.

When officers arrived, they discovered Statler was dead from a single gunshot wound.

Camp said Statler had apparently been “mudding” earlier with family members and had come to the car wash to wash the mud off of his pickup truck.

He said it is unknown how much, if any, money had been taken and the investigation continues.
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