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Man Has Been Accused In The Death Of Nat King Cole’s Great-Nephew

A man accused in the death of Nat King Cole’s great-nephew. In Atlanta, a Georgia man has been detained in connection with the death of Nat King Cole’s great-nephew.

Ricardo Gayle, 41, has been accused of stabbing Tracy Cole, 31, to death in September, according to an Atlanta Police Department statement acquired by a media site.

The Fairburn Police Department arrested Gayle during a traffic stop on Saturday. Mr Gayle’s custody was subsequently handed to the APD.

Gayle was taken into Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail on various accusations, including murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, according to jail records.

Cole and Gayle knew each other, according to an APD news statement. “APD homicide investigators determined that the incident was not a random act; the victim, Tracy Cole, and suspect Ricardo Gayle were confirmed to be familiar with each other,” according to the news release.

According to a police incident report, Cole was assaulted at 2 a.m. local time on Sept. 14.

He was stabbed in the neck, chest, and head many times before being brought to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Tracy Cole was the grandson of Freddy Cole, one of Nat King Cole’s three siblings, according to WSB-TV. Freddy Cole, like his famed brother, who died in February 1965, was a talented jazz vocalist and pianist elected into the Georgia Hall of Fame in 2007.

Tracy was a long-time member of Atlanta’s Cascade United Methodist Church, and Senior Pastor Kevin Murriel delivered a moving tribute to him upon his passing last month.

“Tracy had that personality that just really transcended culture, it transcended race, it transcended class,” Muriel was quoted as saying by the press. “Tracy made everyone’s buddy. He was a member of the family. He was more than just a young guy in the neighborhood. He was the youngster who strolled the church’s floors and aisles. He brought so much pleasure wherever he went.”

Family friend Camille Love recalled Tracy as a “good guy.”

“I met Tracy probably when his grandfather brought him to the Nancy Wilson concert at Chastain Park during the Atlanta Jazz Festival,” she told a live television station. “He was wonderful, you know? He was just polite, friendly, and easygoing. I enjoyed the nice life. You know, an all-around nice person.”

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Written by Jamil Johnson