Reading about and seeing the coverage of the story brought back memories of a younger sibling who was more like a mom, Richardson said.
“It took me ten years when it happened to be able to talk about it without crying and today seeing that, it seemed like it happened all over again,” she said. “It just brought it all back all over again.”
Richardson said she had heard Ali changed his name while in prison (September 1988 until his parole in January 2009 and subsequent release from parole in January 2010), but she didn’t know what his “new” name was.
She was told where the former Robert Ford had been staying and studiously avoided him or even being on the same side of town where he lived.
“I just don’t want to see that person’s face knowing that they took my sister’s life,” she said.
When told that Ali had been at Day-Mont Behavioral Health Care twice on Wednesday — before and after police said he committed the shooting — Richardson said she has no knowledge of him being mentally challenged.
Richardson said she doesn’t know the victims of Wednesday’s killing — Tammy Cox, 53, believed to be Ali’s former girlfriend; Cox’s boyfriend Jasper Taylor, 74; and her son, Michael Cox, 25 — or the people who own the house on Oxford Avenue.
“I feel sad and hurt for them that they have to go through this,” she said.
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