Ayers survived approximately 4 hours after being shot; long enough to say goodbye to his young, pregnant wife, Abigail. Before he died on the hospital operating table, he told her, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “I didn’t do anything wrong… I love you. Take care of yourself.”
No drugs were found in Ayers’ vehicle or in his possession. An autopsy showed no drugs in his system. He was a complete bystander to the investigation — an investigation over a possible transaction involving $50 worth of drugs.