EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHuntington Beating Case Reopens Wounds For Family Of Prior Victim
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 10, 2013 10:09 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 11, 2013 4:15 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A grieving mother is speaking out about the latest round of charges against a man involved in her son's death three years ago.
The suspect, Rahmel Hatcher, is facing charges after a bar beating last month and has already served time in jail from a separate bar beating in which a man was killed. The mother of the victim in that case spoke with Eyewitness News on Wednesday.
The new charges against the man involved in her son's death are bringing back painful memories for Alisa Sizemore.
"It’s like your heart just drops, she said. “Very, very hard."
Hatcher turned himself in on Monday. He and Justin Stahl had been wanted on malicious wounding charges after police said they beat Huntington firefighter Seth Summers outside of Rehab nightclub last month. Summers had tried to intervene in a fight and was also stabbed three times. He continues to recover.
Sizemore is going through her loss all over again. Hatcher had previously served a year in jail for involuntary manslaughter in the beating death of her son, Jeremy Cook.
That beating happened as Cook was leaving a nightclub back in 2010.
"He should have never been out of jail,” she said. “He hasn't learned anything. He's not remorseful."
Her son was out that fateful night, celebrating his remission from leukemia, when the beating happened.
As Sizemore is constantly reminded of her loss, Hatcher's alleged involvement in this latest crime has caused her to relive three years ago.
"It’s like the same feeling,” she said. “You see your son's name, his pictures. It’s a recurring nightmare."
Though Sizemore is thankful the latest fight didn't involve a death, she does have one message.
"It's got to stop, before someone else is looking at their son at the cemetery,” she said. “It has got to stop."
Sizemore said she and her family will attend all of Hatcher’s court appearances for this latest case, just as they did with their son's case.
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