Death of man found in Gadsden ruled a homicide

GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — Update: The Gadsen Police Department has ruled JL Shadwrick’s death as a homicide.

Original: A family is preparing to lay a loved one to rest. The family of a man whose body was found Monday in Gadsden tells CBS42 they suspect foul play.

The body found Monday by fisherman in the water near the old pump house was identified as 64-year-old JL Shadwrick. Tuesday, his brother Philip recalled the last time he talked to JL.

“He fixed me a cup of coffee…he brought it to me, we’d had a little fuss the night before, so he kissed me and told me he loved me,” Philip said. “He said he’d be back in a little bit with some fish, and he went over there and got killed.”

That was the last time he saw his brother alive. JL’s body was found early Monday morning in Gadsden. Philip says his brother often left early in the morning to go fishing.

“I didn’t suspect nothing because when he got to fishing he lost all track of time,” Philip said.

He didn’t find out about JL’s death until his brother and sister came to tell him. He says he believes foul play is involved.

“There’s been people beating on our windows, terrorizing us,” he said.

Now, JL’s body is at the Department of Forensics, where they are trying to determine the exact cause of death. His family still has unanswered questions, but for now, all they can do is cling to their memories.

“Fishing, hot coffee and cowboys. He watched westerns all the time over and over and over.”

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