‘He built every person happy’: Fultondale father of 7 mourned after fatal weekend household invasion

A Fultondale partner and father of seven killed in a weekend dwelling invasion is getting remembered for his appreciate of family and for generally becoming there for other individuals.

“A ton of men and women beloved him since he was usually encouraging persons,’’ stated 33-calendar year-old Diana Hernandez, the eldest boy or girl of Alejandro “Alex” Hernandez Garcia. “He created anyone joyful.”

The 55-year-old Hernandez was killed Sunday morning when police say 3 masked gunmen burst into the family’s dwelling by way of an unlocked door. The incident happened about 6 a.m. in the A single Hundred Oaks mobile home community.

Fultondale Police Chief D.P. Smith stated the trio experimented with to rob the citizens and Hernandez fought back. It was then he was shot.

Hernandez’s spouse and numerous small children were in the dwelling at that time, some of the little ones nonetheless asleep. No just one else was wounded.

He was taken to the hospital where by he was pronounced useless at 7:28 a.m. His oldest child is 33 and his youngest is 10.

Law enforcement to begin with issued a lookout bulletin for a silver or gray Ford F-150. Det. Kevin Studyvin said they located the occupants of the pickup truck, who have been eliminated as suspects and are regarded witnesses.

Fultondale law enforcement are striving to uncover quite a few persons of curiosity in a lethal home invasion that could have been in a silver Dodge Charger when they fled the scene. (Fultondale Police)

Detectives are still making an attempt to come across a silver Dodge Charger and its occupants, who are regarded as folks of interest.

Diana Hernandez claimed she was not at residence when the invasion transpired, but her siblings were being.

The gunmen held the family at gunpoint in distinctive rooms of the trailer, buying them to “be still” and demanding dollars. Law enforcement are not indicating no matter whether everything was taken from the relatives.

Her brother’s spouse and their infant have been between individuals held at gunpoint. “She was really shaken to see all of this,’’ she explained.

Diana Hernandez explained her father has a tricky employee who experienced extraordinary competencies in carpentry, welding, vehicle mechanics and a lot more. The spouse and children moved to Fultondale 4 or five yrs in the past, she stated, but she only joined them a number of months in the past.

“It’s actually, genuinely shocking,’’ she reported. “I believed this community was seriously safe and sound. I usually go for wander in the mornings. We know, nevertheless, that nowhere is 100 percent risk-free.”

Alejandro Hernandez Garcia

Alejandro Hernandez Garcia was killed Sunday, July 4, 2021, in a household invasion in Fultondale. (Contributed)

The loved ones doesn’t know why their home was targeted, and law enforcement have stated they imagine it was a random attack. “We just do not realize. Why us?’’ she reported. “There’s so numerous other trailers. We simply cannot believe that it.”

While devastated by the reduction, she claimed the household is keeping up as best as they can underneath the instances. “Right now, we are quiet and doing anything we have to do for the funeral,’’ she stated.

The loved ones will maintain the funeral in Alabama and then will bury him in Mexico.

Diana Hernandez explained she is leaning on her religion to get via this tragedy.

“One day I will forgive them,’’ she reported. “I believe in a God that will carry justice.”

His pastor, the Rev. Rammy Robles who is the senior pastor the SDA Hispanic churches in Birmingham, Decatur-Hartselle, Tuscaloosa and Pinson, explained Hernandez was usually a quite social person, extremely amusing, and usually inclined to assistance in the church.

“In community providers he was constantly there as a volunteer serving the group in the tornados that just lately transpired in Fultondale,’’ Robles explained “He was there supporting the local community with the church.”

His spouse, Maria, is a member of the church’s board of directors and director of the Sabbath University section. One particular of his daughters has beena missionary in Africa and is subsequent likely to Egypt. “So Alejandro was a wonderful instance of get the job done, serve and sympathy for his kids and our church,’’ Robles said. “As a local community church, the information has been incredibly stunning for all people, considering that he was very amusing with everybody, often pretty delighted and normally supporting the church with his loved ones.”

“The fact is that primarily for me as a pastor this news has harm me,’’ he said.

Robles explained he very last observed Hernandez June 26 at the Birmingham church even while Hernandez was meant to be at the Pinson church that day. “That Saturday I preached on how crucial it is to support many others achieve their American Desire but also to aid other people get to the kingdom of Heaven. He really should have been in a further church that day, but he went there that working day, I don’t know why,’’ he reported. “So now I have an understanding of that it’s possible God knew that that would be the very last message I would listen to from me.”

“I feel he was geared up for the blessed hope of looking at Jesus when he will come in the clouds. As the Bible suggests ‘For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the lifeless in Christ shall rise very first,’’ Robles stated. “We believe that if Christ is to come at this time, our brother Alejandro need to be a single of the initially to be resurrected and people who committed that horrible act will have to pay out on that day if they do not repent from the coronary heart.”

The death is Fultondale’s 1st murder considering the fact that 2016.

Everyone with facts is requested to connect with Fultondale Det. Kevin Studyvin at 205-849-5456 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.