GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Last Friday, Alvin Tillman's two sons and cousin were headed out to a friend's house just before midnight to get another X-box game controller when shots rang out. All three were hit. His son, Cortney, died.
Cortney Tillman was 23. His brother Darius and his cousin, Phil McIntosh, were wounded but will recover.
Alvin Tillman said the shooting was a random act - but a sign things need to change, he told 24 Hour News 8.
A bus driver for Forest Hills Schools, Tillman grew up in Grand Rapids. He said back in his day, young people didn't have to fear simply walking the streets. Unlike the reputation bigger cities had, neighbors in Grand Rapids looked out for each other, he said.
Cortney Tillman -- who left two young children behind -- was gunned down near the corner of Linden and Elliott . His father said his son was shot because he was in "the wrong place at the wrong time."
He hopes his son's passing can help bring people back together.
"We really need to look close at what's really going on around this town, because a lot of innocent lives could be saved if we stop saying, 'It's not going to happen to me,' or 'It's not my problem,' or 'It's not my child, it's not my grandson.' If we stop just saying that and everyone come together and say, just say, "It is my son. That is my daughter. That is my child,' we can make a difference."
Funeral arrangements for Cortney Tillman are pending. Expenses and medical costs for Darius Tillman and Phil McIntosh are mounting.
A memorial fund for Cortney Tillman is set up at Macatawa Bank.
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