Friends, family, strangers remember Sgt. Wytasha Carter

    Friends, family, strangers remember Sgt. Wytasha Carter (WBMA)

    Friends, family, and even strangers continue to mourn the loss of fallen Birmingham Police Officer Sgt. Wytasha Carter. Carter was shot and killed during his shift Sunday morning.

    Carter's procession will be led by his patrol car, starting at the Pinnacle Shopping Center in Trussville at 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning, it will then head to the Legacy Arena at 9:45 a.m.

    It's been a difficult time for people who knew him, but many say the memories he left behind will never be forgotten.

    "It's a trying time for our department," says Sgt. Johnny Williams, spokesperson for the Birmingham Police Department.

    Officers leave their homes not knowing if they'll return, and Sunday, the worst happened. Sgt. Wytasha Carter didn't come back.

    "Really tough for our officers, tough for the department, tough for the community, when you see a senseless act. this man gave his life, not protecting someone, but someone's property," says Williams.

    There's something that makes things a little easier though, a community rallying behind them, a community bigger than just their back yard. Even the New York Yankees sent their condolences.

    "Our brothers in law enforcement across the country, it shows they're standing with us, they understand our pain, and they support us and members of the community as well. They support us, they understand and they want to support us in this time," says Williams.

    Community members like Sgt. Carter's neighbors in Shelby County. His neighbors are "going blue" with ribbons for their mailboxes. Each one sends money to his family.

    "Just support of them so as they drive the neighborhood behind them, they'll see support for them," says Angel Duke, one of the organizers.

    His friends are remembering him as well.

    "We've just got to pray for his family and his BPD family that they stay strong," says Dewanda Genous, one of several dispatchers who interacted with Carter.

    His death is reminder of what's happening in the community.

    "If this happened anything can happen, it's like a wake up call. his legacy will be he woke us all up," says Genous.

    Carter's legacy also reminds friends they don't have to be upset forever.

    "I think we gone be alright just because he brought us all together, he taught us love, he taught us respect, and he taught us how to have fun as well," says Michelle Tate, another dispatcher.

    The week following the funeral, a private ceremony will be held for the family at Sgt. Carter's final resting place.

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