Saturday, December 3, 2022

Dear business owner, one of the latest victims of violence in Birmingham


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – The search continues for whoever killed a beloved business owner in Birmingham this past weekend. We’re told 29-year-old Cedric Mahaffey was also heavily involved in church outreach.

For those who knew Mahaffey, they say he could light up a room like no other.

“Fun guy, dear. He carried the conversation in a group of people and was just a good person to be around. You have those types of extroverts and Cedric was an extrovert and he was loving and kind and generous,” said Pastor Alton Hardy of Urban Hope Community Church in Fairfield.

Mahaffey was well known in Birmingham for his jewelry business, Golds by Ced, selling shutters. He was also one who gave advice to the younger generation according to his friend, Pastor Hardy.

“Ced was a part of what we call a movement here in rebuilding Fairfield through marriage and family and men being good fathers, being good husbands. He talked about it on his social networks. He spoke about this individually when he met with the youth. He always steered them in the right direction,” Hardy said.

Hardy is still in disbelief about what happened to Mahaffey after police say he was found shot to death over the weekend in the front room of a home near Francis Place Southwest.

“I’m still numb. I met him on Thursday. He came here and we went to the Purple Onion in Hueytown and met for about two and a half hours. We cried. We prayed. We talked about life, family and marriage,” Hardy said.

Hardy thinks Mahaffey was trying to make a big difference in the community before his life ended. He leaves a big hole in the hearts of those who knew him.

“It will be tough shoes to fill. Not that God can’t do that. He had a great influence on his friends, his community from east, west, south and north. He was loved,” Hardy said.

Pastor Hardy says Mahaffey was a leading member of the church and he even had a goal of becoming a pastor one day.

Hardy’s message to those who did: there is a better way. He is begging you to surrender.

If you know what happened, call Birmingham police at (205) 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.

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