Birmingham detectives investigating shooting of motivational speaker

Kerry Hardy (Courtesy: Bizzell Palmer Media)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– Birmingham homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man who worked to inspire others.

The shooting happened Friday night in the 300 block of Carroll Street around 9 p.m. When officers arrived, they located the victim lying against the rear driver’s side door of a vehicle between Carroll and Barbee Street. The man had several gunshot wounds to the upper body.

The victim has been identified as Kerry Delano Hardy, 46, of Birmingham. Hardy has spent the last 14 years as a motivational speaker and author, and owns several websites and social media pages dedicated to sharing his story. He speaks about a short stint in prison, and how that experience changed his life. On one website, Hardy writes: “I challenge young people to LEAD and never settle for being a follower only, and I give them the tools needed to find success in living as leaders.”

The family of Kerry Hardy released this statement Sunday evening:

“On behalf of the Hardy family we extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the outpour(sic) of support and love we have experienced for the loss of our beloved Kerry.

We are humble by the many messages of condolences we’ve received that these are a testament of the nature of Kerry as a kind and generous man.  We are comforted knowing that his work was felt by many and that he will be missed.

Many people didn’t know of Kerry’s commitment towards helping children or the advocacy work that he provided to keep kids on the right track.  For the past seven, years Kerry served as a champion and advocate for young people. He’s dedicated the testimony of his personal life to help others make better choices; often advocating that young people take a different path than his own.

We don’t come across many Kerry Hardy’s in a lifetime. He believed that he could make a change one child at a time and for that reason, among others we know that he was a good man.

We have begun making preparations for funeral arrangements and will provide that information once it is finalized. Until then we ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers.”

Anyone with information on this fatal shooting should call the Birmingham Homicide Unit at 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 254-7777.

Copyright 2014 WIAT CBS 42 News


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