Mother grieves after son killed trying to protect her

Thomas Anthony Dixon with family.

Photo: Willie Mae Dixon

Sunday morning, Thomas Anthony Dixon was tragically shot and killed while rescuing his 72 year old mother from an armed robbery.

FOX 31 sat down with Dixon's mom who had passionate words to say about her only son who was taken from her too soon.

Willie Mae Dixon was headed to church Sunday morning when she noticed a suspicious man hiding out by the side of her car.

The man demanded her pocketbook with a gun held up to her head.

Willie Mae's son and brother came to her rescue when they heard her yelling for help.

The suspect had taken Dixon's keys when Willie Mae's son, Anthony tried to intervene.

The suspect then shot and killed 50 year old Thomas Anthony Dixon.

“I’m always saying why me and why’d that happen to my son? Why’d they pick here? I don’t understand it because we don’t deal with folks, I don’t. I love to go to church and serve the Lord," said Willie Mae.

Willie Mae says her son would never hurt anyone.

“Sweet. To me he was and we don’t understand why they would do such a thing as that.”

After his courageous act, Willie May now calls her son a hero.

“I’m so proud of him cause I didn’t know he was that strong. He would always tell me he loved me but now I see because he tried to protect me trying to save my life and he’s the one that died," said Willie Mae.

Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time.

Dixon's death is the 22nd homicide in Albany this year.

Albany police are still on the lookout for the man that killed Dixon.

He was last seen wearing a dark grey hoodie with large gold letters and dark pants.

If you know anything about the shooting, you are asked to call crime stoppers at 229-436-TIPS.

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