MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police say a man was shot to death as he walked home from a friend’s house early Thursday morning in the airport area.
It happened around 4 a.m. on Brewer Avenue, near Semmes Street and Lamar Avenue. Last week, a mother and her 4-year-old daughter were shot at on the same street.
The victim’s mother cried and hugged loved ones as she got the news that her son was the city’s latest victim of gun violence.
“I never knew him to bother anybody. That’s why it’s shocking to everybody – that’s why all the people come out here ’cause he was a good person,” said family friend Charles Campbell. “He was well-liked in the neighborhood, in the community.”
Investigators haven’t released the victim’s identity, but Campbell tells WREG his name was Keyon and that he was around 30 years old.
“Everybody knows his family. They’re good people, you know? They’re just good people. It’s a sad day,” he said. “He was a good guy. He didn’t deserve that.”
Police say the victim was walking to his house in the same neighborhood when he was shot and left in the middle of the street.
“The friend said he heard several shots, and after he heard the shots, he came out and he saw his friend had been shot,” said Maj. Carlos Davis with the Memphis Police Department.
But the question detectives and loved ones are still trying to answer is who did it and why.
“I don’t know what’s going on out here now, but this is what we’re waking up to every day,” Campbell said.
“We don’t have any type of suspect information as of right now, but we’re hoping that if someone heard anything or if they know anything that they’ll come forward and let us know,” Maj. Davis said.
Last week, a man was arrested after police say he shot up his neighbor’s home on the same street, targeting a mother and her 4-year-old daughter over what she said was a misunderstanding.
They moved out a couple of days later.
But while that encounter was enough to make one family pack up their things, others insist the neighborhood is no more dangerous than anywhere else.
“The world changing now. Every day you wake up man, if it’s not here, it’s somewhere,” Campbell said. “All we can do is pray and pray for the family.”
If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.