Man found shot, killed in Whitehaven

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Memphis, Tenn. -- Memphis police say a 65-year-old man was killed after being shot in Whitehaven on Mother’s Day morning.

He was found dead just before 9 a.m. Sunday at Wilson and Tulane.

Police haven’t told WREG the victim’s name and say his killer is still out there.

People living in the neighborhood were getting ready for holiday church services when they heard the gunshots around 8:30 a.m.

"I heard like four or five shots this morning and I asked my grandma and my mama and my brothers did they hear gunshots. They said they didn’t," said 13-year-old Jarvis Singleton. "So, next thing you know, I come outside, they’d blocked off the street with caution tape and police and stuff... My mind just went blank."

Neighbors were met with a crime scene just yards away from their homes as they headed off to worship with their families.

"I just don’t understand the people. I really don’t," said Paul Myles, who has lived on the block for 40 years. "They don’t believe in talking or discussing nothing, they only believe in killing, killing, killing."

Seeing officers in his neighborhood wasn’t a surprise to Myles, but what he didn’t expect to find out was that a man had been shot to death.

"You always see police cars down in here, but nobody getting killed," he said.

Police say the victim was shot repeatedly.

WREG counted at least four evidence markers on the scene where detectives found shell casings.

He’s the 44th murder victim in the city already this year, according to police.

"It’s sad that a man of that age, his life was taken, and on Mother’s Day," one neighbor, who didn't want her name used, said. "You’ve got to just stay prayed up."

And while prayer may be the answer for some, Myles has a much simpler solution.

"They need to put them guns down and go and get them a job and go to work," he said. "I don’t know what it’s about – whether it’s money or drugs or what it is – but it’s really pitiful."

Police say they have no suspects.

If you know anything that could help, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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