CARBON HILL, Ala. — The embattled mayor of a Walker County town apologized on Facebook after he posted comments advocating the killing of gays, transgender persons, 'baby killers' and socialists.
Carbon Hill City Councilwoman April Herron confirmed a formal letter requesting Mayor Mark Chamber's resignation was signed Tuesday by her and two other council members.
Chambers posted a Facebook comment Tuesday apologizing for the posts but did not indicate he planned to resign from office.
"I know that it was wrong to say anyone should be (sic) kill. I am truly sorry that I have embarrassed our City, I love this City and while in office I have done everything in my power to make this a better place for our families. There are not enough words for me to express how much a regret (sic) posting that comment," read the post from Chambers's account. Chambers said he still believed his comment was taken out of context.
Chambers later deleted his Facebook account and the apology. Attempts to reach Chambers for comment haven't been successful. A city hall employee said Chambers had not been to his office Wednesday.
Chamber's comments have gained national attention and criticism. Herron told ABC 33/40 News she has received death threats in the last two days.
The threats also reached the First Baptist Church of Carbon Hill. Pastor Scott McCullar notified local police after a message was left calling for the burning of the church. Chambers does not attend the church McCullar said.
"How in the world did we get tangled up in this? What do we got to do with this?' asked McCullar. 'It fits the idea, the stereotype: small town Alabama, a rural mayor that was elected says these things. Well by default you elected him, you feel the same way."
The pastor said there was only one way for Carbon Hill to move forward.
"I think the Mayor needs to resign immediately. You just can't lead moving forward having said those kinds of things.'