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Beating victim dies five months after attack

Raymond Tilley died Tuesday morning in hospice care Raymond Tilley died Tuesday morning in hospice care
Kevin Tilley Kevin Tilley
Andrew Gadson remains in the Dougherty County Jail without bond Andrew Gadson remains in the Dougherty County Jail without bond
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An autopsy will determine if a 68-year-old Albany man died from injuries sustained during a brutal robbery last August.  Raymond Tilley died Tuesday morning in hospice care after sustaining severe head injuries when he was attacked outside an east Albany business      

While charges could be upgraded against the suspect accused in the brutal beating, Tilley's son says right now he just wants to focus on the good man his father was.

It was a long fought battle for 68-year-old Raymond Tilley. "Daddy was a fighter. It went on for five months, after two brain surgeries. He was a fighter and he went down fighting hard," said his son Kevin Tilley.  

Tilley struggles with the death of his father who was attacked August 12th behind the Dinner Bell on Clark Avenue. Raymond Tilley was opening the catering business in the early morning hours when he was brutally beaten and robbed.  

"Why do bad things happen to good people? Unfortunately it happened to a good man. That man was my dad, Raymond Tilley," said his son.  

Police say 19-year-old Andrew Gadson beat Tilley in the head a metal pipe before stealing two guns from his truck. He remains in the Dougherty County Jail without bond.

Tilley spent months in rehab before being transferred to hospice care.  While his son wants to see justice, right now he's focusing on the loss of his father. A senseless loss. But thankful he got to say goodbye.  

"He couldn't say anything back to me. But deep down inside, he loved us. He couldn't say it, but I know without a shadow of a doubt my dad loved us very much."  

Hoping others remember his dad for how he lived, not how he died.

 

 

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