NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Police say someone gunned down Maurice Mitchell on West 29th Street Sunday night. It marked the 20th homicide in Norfolk this year.
"It's not going to be the same with him being gone," said neighbor Sabrina Cooper.
On Friday night, a growing memorial appeared in front of Mitchell's home on 29th Street. It's the same place the 38-year-old was shot and killed.
"He just was a great loving person and it's sad," added Mitchell's cousin Tracy Whitaker. "It was a tragedy what happened to him."
Police got the call around 10:30 p.m. When they got there, they found Mitchell wounded in his apartment. He was rushed to a local hospital, but doctors couldn't save his life. Family believes he was the victim of a robbery.
"He was a good man," said Mitchell's daughter Mynesia Bandy. "He loved the Lord and he always loved to make people happy."
Bandy still can't believe he is gone, neither can people on the streets who knew him by a nickname.
"He was the candy man," Bandy added.
Family says Mitchell sold candy and drinks right out of his home and has done so for years. Neighbors say he made that his full time job.
"He really didn't have much," Cooper said. "He was trying to make a living and they just took his life over nothing."
"A lot of kids looked up to him," Whitaker added. "He was a great person."
Mitchell had three children of his own, who now find themselves without a father.
"What they did was very wrong," Bandy said.
As family plans Mitchell's funeral, detectives work to find his killer. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-800-LOCK-U-UP.
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