Family of murdered man speaks out

Rob Wilson

Robert Wilson was shot and killed Friday, July 27 outside a Smyrna motel after trying to stop animal abuse.

Tonight, his family his spoke out about his murder, and his love of animals.

Wilson’s family said he had just returned to the midstate looking for a home. He and his fiance were staying temporarily at the Uptown Suites in Smyrna.

Wilson stepped out of his room and noticed a man abusing dog, a two-pound yorkshire

“[The man] had the dog in a manner that Rob didn’t think was correct and he said, ‘hey man what’s going on,’ the man said, ‘hey its my dog.’ That’s when he shot him,” said Rick Wilson, Rob’s father.

Rob’s finance Sue Hoskins witnessed the shooting, as well as people nearby who frantically tried to revive him.

“She saw it,” Rick said. “She jumped on Rob, tried compressions. Two gentlemen jumped on her trying to save his life, but the bullet went right through his lung.”

Rick said his son was taught to love animals from his late mom. He has no doubt in his mind his son would do the same thing a hundred times over

“His mother was an animal lover,” Rick said. “We’ve got an animal on her tombstone and we’ll put an animal on his tombstone, a dog, because he thought that much of his pet. He would do it again, lose his life over it.”

The suspect in the shooting, Donavous Drennon, turned himself in to Smyrna Police last Tuesday. He is charged with criminal homicide

A preliminary hearing for Drennon is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

The Wilson family tried to adopt the dog that Rob saved, but it was given back to the suspect’s family.

The Wilson family has set up a GoFundMe account, which you can find here.

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