- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Six years have passed since a well-known, promising amateur boxer was gunned down at a busy gas station on 15th Street.

Questions about who killed Arhmad Vaughan and why have haunted family members since the April 13, 2008, shooting.

“Every day is a challenge,” said his mother, Carol Vaughan. “Knowing the way he died, and nobody knowing what happened to him is hard.”

Vaughan was shot dead at what was a BP Station in west Tuscaloosa, where 15th Street becomes Stillman Boulevard.

Investigators say they may be closer to finding out who fired the bullet that killed the 27-year-old father of three. Several CrimeStoppers tips were recently provided to the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit after surveillance video of the shooting was shown during a WVUA series featuring cold cases, said unit commander Sgt. Dale Phillips.

“We implore anyone who knows anything about this case to please come forward so we can provide some answers for his family,” he said.

Investigators believe that Vaughan was targeted. He was pumping gas just after 9 p.m. on a Sunday night when the gunman, wearing dark clothing, seemed to purposefully approach Vaughan before firing a gun and heading back toward 15th Street.

Vaughan took a few steps before he collapsed and died.

Moyacca Jones says that Vaughan left behind a large family that has never forgotten him. She’s one of Vaughan’s many cousins and other family members who live in the area.

“At first I felt a lot of anger. I couldn’t get over feeling like something was missing out of my life. I just didn’t feel complete,” she said. “We’re all close and get together all the time. This has affected all of us.”

Vaughan was the father of two daughters, now 16 and 13, and a son, now 11. His mother said they ask about him often and enjoy watching a video of him boxing. The oldest has been training and learning to box, she said.

Vaughan won the Alabama Golden Gloves championship in 2006 and was selected in 2008 for the Alabama team that competed in the Golden Gloves Southern Regional competition in Knoxville, Tenn.

After Vaughan died, his friends and sparring partners spoke to The Tuscaloosa News at Skyy Gym in Northport. They all said that Vaughan, nicknamed “Kool,” was a positive influence who motivated the beginners and pushed everyone to do his best. Carol Vaughan said she’s described that man to her grandchildren, so they’ll know what kind of person he was.

Jones said an arrest would bring her some comfort, but she said she’ll always mourn the loss of her cousin, who was more like a brother.

“It’s not between our family and whoever did it, it’s between them and God,” she said. “I know that an arrest won’t bring him back. I’ll still be missing him, and missing a piece of my life. Our whole family will.”

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, https://www.tuscaloosanews.com


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