Family of shooting victim speaks out

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(WVLT) The late victim's family is dealing with the shock and trying to make some sense of this incredible loss.

Stacey Sherman leaves behind a wife and eight children.

Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt spoke with Stacey Sherman's sister and his best friend who was just a step behind him when the gunfire began Saturday.

Family members and friends say Stacey Sherman was the kind of man who would help anyone.

His kids say the word great doesn't even begin to describe their dad.
"It was a tragic loss and it never should have happened. He was only 35 years old. He had a lot to live for and he lived life, he was a life living man."

Stacy Sherman's sister Carla Sontag says for her brother living life meant raising his kids, helping those in need, and pursing his other passion-demolition derby.

That's why he was in Tennessee with best friend Bo Sheldon.

The two were making their annual trip to buy a car.

It was supposed to be for Sherman's soon to be 16-year-old son.

Sheldon says, "we'd joke back and forth you know, if something ever happens to me, this is yours and so on and so forth, but you never think the time's going to come that it's that way."

Sheldon says normally he would have been the first one out the door, but this time Stacey stepped out first, taking a bullet neither could have expected.

Another shot narrowly missed Sheldon.

He says an angel must have been looking out for him.

He's glad police were looking out for the man who's believed responsible.

Sheldon continues, "it's a sigh of relief, knowing that he's not out there anymore, it's a sigh of relief. It's going to be easier for all of us because we don't have to worry about the whole trial part and the chance of him getting out or escaping or anything like that."

There is no relief now for Sherman's wife and eight children.

"The four-year old doesn't really understand yet and the seven-year-old is wondering why God could let this happen because she prayed and prayed that God would let him be alright, so they're a little confused and the older ones are taking it the hardest."