Memphis Police are looking for a murderer. Thursday morning, a man was gunned down in broad daylight at a local park.
The victim's family and those who live close to the crime scene, said they were desperate to know who carried out the violent crime and why?
"Oh My God it hurts because kids are out there playing in the park," neighbor Trina Tunstall said.
The neighborhood hangout became the backdrop to a deadly shooting.
"Wow, in my neighborhood?" Turnstall asked.
It was just after 7 a.m. when Memphis Police were called to the O.L. Cash Park at Deerskin Drive and Ford Road. It was at the park, where they found a man dead after being shot multiple times.
"This hit home, not only because I am his pastor but I'm also his uncle," Freddie Thomas said.
Thomas said the victim was his nephew, Alec Phillip, 51. Family members stood in disbelief Thursday, some reflecting on how they were preparing to celebrate Phillip's birthday next week. Instead they are now planning his funeral, all the while struggling to make sense of what happened.
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"The scars will be there," Thomas said. "But we are looking to the Lord to heal our wounds so we can move on in His name."
Thomas said what's helping the family heal, is remembering on how Phllip lived his life.
"True dedication," Thomas said. "Dedicated to the Lord, dedicated to his family, his mom, dedicated to the church."
And it's faith that has Thomas already forgiving his nephew's killer.
"Certainly I can forgive them," Thomas said. "Whoever it was will probably not get an invite from me, to come and eat dinner at my table."
Police said at this time they do not have anyone in custody in connection to the deadly attack. If you know anything that could help detectives, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 528-CASH.
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