Byrd, who is well-known for starring in several films by director Spike Lee and also being a Tony Award-nominated stage actor, was found slaughtered early Saturday morning.
The call came in from the 2200 block of Belvedere Avenue about 1:45 a.m., according to Atlanta police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant. When police arrived at the scene, they found Byrd on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds in his back. He was pronounced dead by Grady emergency medical services.
Lee lamented Byrd’s death in a post on Instagram Sunday afternoon.