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'He had a lot of dreams for his life': family remembers slain Walmart employee

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(11Alive) A family is still trying to cope with the loss of a man killed while working at Walmart.

Jaseramie Ferguson, who went by J.D., was a loving husband and father of three young children, according to his family. He was a loss-prevention officer at the Walmart in Lilburn and died after being shot by a shoplifting suspect trying to steal television sets. He had only been on the job seven months.

"I would like him to know he’s taken the life of a good, loving son, father and friend." Those are words from Ferguson's mother Falesa Nash who spoke along with her husband David to 11Alive's Valerie Hoff the afternoon following his killing.

Nash said the 25-year-old was a devoted family man and was in the process of trying to get a job with the Fulton County Police Department. The Shiloh High School graduate had just applied for the position.

"He was very ambitious," said Abbreanna Ferguson, J.D.'s sister. "He had a lot of dreams for his life."

Ferguson's father David Nash said his son would often tell him how many rough people he would encounter while on the job as an undercover loss prevention officer.

"I told him to be careful because he doesn’t have a weapon or anything like that," David said. "He knew something could happened, but it shouldn’t have."

Police say Ferguson was in the vestibule area between the automatic doors to the outside and the automatic doors to the inside when he was shot. The family says the grief is unbearable. 

"It doesn’t  feel real, it felt like he’s just going to walk out," Abbreanna said. "It’s still hitting me every hour that he’s gone...he won’t get to see his daughters graduate or go through their lives."

Authorities are still looking for the suspect, and have released this video of his walking inside the store in hopes that someone might recognize him.

The family is hoping someone with information will come forward soon.

"Turning himself in is not going to bring our son back but maybe it would give us closure," Falesa said. "I’m just grateful, just glad that he had so many people that loved him."

On Monday, the Lilburn Walmart released a statement on J.D.'s death saying:

"“We are deeply saddened by the senseless and tragic loss of our friend and colleague last night. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Ferguson family at this difficult time. We will continue to support law enforcement in their ongoing investigation.” 

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