Friends and neighbors remember Anthony Alberigi


FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WIAT) — Friends and neighbors remember the man killed during a shootout at Western Hills Mall Thursday as a good man.

“I don’t know about the word like, but I loved the man,” said Meeka McGhee, adding that Alberigi helped her out when she was looking for a job.

“Wouldn’t nobody give me the chance and when Mr. Anthony gave me that hope and gave me the job, I was really ecstatic and happy, and I was like, ‘Yes, I get the chance to prove my skills,” she explained.

She said that’s just the kind of person that he was, and store owners and employees inside the mall said the same thing. 

Alberigi could be found walking through and around the mall he managed, even late into the evening. They say he made friends with everyone he met inside and outside the shopping center.

He shopped at the ALDI as well, and I’ve seen him there many times,” said his neighbor Jackie Swale. “He always took the time to talk to the cashiers, share a smile, share a joke.”

Swale lives a couple of doors down from Alberigi’s home in Trussville. She said he would always go out of his way to be a good neighbor.

“[He would] Offer to help bring in the groceries, say hi to the kids, comment on how they’re growing … just super nice. We’ll miss that,” Swale said.

“The mall is just not going to be the same without him,” McGee lamented.

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