Thomas Jefferson Byrd, actor in Spike Lee films, murdered

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Byrd was known for his work in films but had a handful of TV roles

Director Spike Lee announced on Sunday that actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, who starred in several of his films, was murdered last night.

Thomas Jefferson Byrd attends the “Spike Lee…Ya Dig!” career retrospective and celebration during the 2014 American Black Film Festival at Metropolitan Pavilion on June 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

According to TMZ, cops from the Atlanta Police Department responded to a call of a person injured at 1:45 a.m.

After Byrd was found unresponsive, emergency medical workers pronounced him dead from multiple gunshot wounds to the back.

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“I’m so sad to announce the tragic murder of our beloved brother, Thomas Jefferson Byrd last night in Atlanta, Georgia,” Lee said in a post on social media.

The famous director shared a photo of Byrd as the character Errol Barnes in his 1995 film, “Clockers.” Lee also posted a clip from “Clockers,” which he felt highlighted Byrd’s talents.

Fans flooded the comments section of Lee’s post with condolences and prayers for Byrd,…


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