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'His Name Was Patrick Cotrona'

East Atlanta resident's life and legacy was more than "shooting victim."

EAST ATLANTA — Too often, crime victims are not much more to us than names on police blotters.

They're statistics in the rough and tumble of daily life and violence that mars the history of too many families, in too many cities in what is the richest nation in the history of this planet we call Earth.

On Saturday night, Patrick Cotrona, an East Atlanta resident, lost his life.

He was shot as he walked with friends on May Avenue SE. His street where he owned his home.

Shot after he handed the wallet to his killer.

His family is in mourning and trying to make sense of the unimaginable.

On Monday afternoon his brother-in-law hung a placard and flowers on a utility pole on May Avenue just a few feet from where a gunman's bullet felled the 33-year-old Georgia Tech graduate.

"He was a beautiful person," Greg Krumm, his brother-law, said. "He loved everyone and he would have loved the people who shot him. But they didn't let him."

His family isn't ready to share the fullness of the loss of the man they called son, brother, uncle and friend.

But for now, they want May Avenue, the East Atlanta neighborhood and the city of Atlanta to know he was a person who had a name.

It wasn't "victim."

His name was Patrick Cotrona.

Roger Peters May 28, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Such a sad story. Patrick was such a nice guy anytime I hung out with him over the years. Such a shame.
brandi boone May 28, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Ghetto
brandi boone May 28, 2013 at 03:00 AM
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Alex Gresham May 28, 2013 at 03:01 AM
My heart breaks for the Cotrona family. Probably the nicest, most genuine, and close family I know. And Patrick, he always seemed to be the peacemaker of sorts? Soft spoken, and crazy smart. Such a senseless loss of pure love and talent.
Nancy M. May 28, 2013 at 03:02 AM
A Son, a Bother, an Uncle, a friend!! Senseless doesn't even begin to explain or share the description of Patrick. Don't let this senseless act be forgotten in vain. Something has to be done!! Please!!!!!!
Paul M. May 28, 2013 at 09:43 AM
Senseless. My prayers go out to the family and community.
Zane A. Gholson May 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM
I used to work with Patrick. He deserved nothing of like this to ever happen to him. I never saw him angry and never saw him do anything to hurt anyone. He was an all around good person. I am so angry right now.
caterina tang May 28, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Peachtree City cries this loss--he grew up here.
Gracile Cook May 28, 2013 at 02:22 PM
My heart is so sad. I have great memories of his quirky humor during our middle school and high school years. This is a huge loss of a kind and very smart man.
Shane May 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM
He should've had a gun to defend himself against those worthless animals. Where's all the Trevon Martin protesters now? If I were this family I would be organizing a huge protest now. This is racism.
Chris Anderson June 03, 2013 at 01:46 AM
I did not know this man but He obviously left a very positive mark on many people who knew or met him. This crime has devastated friends and family and sent shock waves throughout our community. I hope we can catch the parasite who did this...Shane I disagree with your speculation,, our mayor and many blacks in our community are actively devoting resources to solve and prevent these crimes. But I do agree that more people who live in this area should consider getting training and applying for a ccp.

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