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Murdered store manager much loved and respected

Tampa, Florida -- "Devastated" is how Hortense Lampkins says she feels about the murder of her neighbor Horsley Shorter Jr. The 76-year-old watched Junior grew from a boy who teased her with snakes, into a hard-working man who took care of his mother and who also looked after all the seniors in the neighborhood.

"I'm just...speechless, a senseless crime -- a person who didn't bother anybody, always willing to help," she said tearing up.

Shorter, a manager at the Family Dollar on 40th Street in Tampa, was gunned down Sunday morning during a robbery. Police say the Army and Air Force veteran was trying to help his young clerk.

Neighbors can't believe they'll never see Junior's big smile again. 

"I lost my stomach yesterday, it just dropped," said Joyce Carroll about learning of Junior's death. "I couldn't believe somebody so nice, that did so many nice things for people would have to go that way."

Shorter's older brother David, clearly numb from grief, said he wishes he could have somehow prevent the killing. And tonight, standing outside his mother's home, he wants Junior remembered this way.

"How nice he was, how friendly he was a good person."

On Monday evening, dozens of people gathered for a candlelight vigil in front of the Family Dollar.

Tampa Police say thanks to a tip from a citizen, officers have recovered the stolen car connected with Shorter's murder. Police are still looking for the shooting suspect.


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