Gene Emory Dacus was an 85-year-old Korean war veteran. He lived in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama and was surrounded by a community who absolutely adored him. Many of his neighbors and local friends would refer to the kind hearted veteran as "Mr.Gene".
Dacus was known for helping his neighbors out by cutting their grass for them. He always made sure his neighborhood was in great shape. Many of Dacus' close neighbors also shared that their children adored him as well.
Even at 85-years-old, Dacus was still caring for his 60-year-old disabled son.
Unfortunately on Wednesday morning, Dacus was brutally murdered.
He died after being beaten, doused with gasoline, and then set on fire. Dacus was found in the backyard of his own home by his neighbors.
Gary Dacus is one of Mr. Gene's three sons.
Gary was quoted saying,
'My father's death is a tragic loss. The community lost one of its pillars.
'He taught me good rules and I have a lot of my father in me. I'm a successful person for that. When I got the call, I just broke down.'
Todd Ahmed was one of Mr. Gene's many neighbors who shared a special bond with him. Ahmed had moved to Alabama from Sudan. Ahmed shared that Mr.Gene was the very first person he became friends with.
He said: 'I have a lot of friends but none like him. I'm really shocked. He was nice, nice, nice. He always told me if I needed help to come to him.'
Police have reported that a teen suspect that was seen fleeing Dacus's property with a can of gasoline is currently in custody. The teen has since confessed to the crime but police are still trying to piece together a sound motive for this grizzly crime.
Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper publically announced,
"This homicide shocks the conscience of any reasonable person. Our hearts are hurting for the victim, his family and our community".
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