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Memphis man shoots his neighbor of more than 40 years

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Police and family members are struggling to understand why a Memphis man shot and killed his neighbor of more than 40 years early Saturday morning.

On his way to the store, 47-year-old Stanley Lewis, a husband and father, was shot dead in front of his house.  Curtis Grove, his 64-year-old neighbor, is behind bars, accused in his death.

Tomica Smith, Lewis' niece, said in an interview Wednesday that the shooting has destroyed both families. Grove's daughter was her best friend growing up.

"This is another family that helped to raise me," Smith said. "I can't get an understanding on how this could happen."

Lewis' nieces said the whole thing started with an argument the night before between Grove's wife and Lewis, along with his family.

"She was yelling and we yelled back at her," said another of Lewis' nieces, Tarhonda Rowand, adding that the argument was over nothing more than cable lines.

The next day - her birthday - Rowand heard a gunshot.  She went outside and saw her uncle on the ground.

"I held his hand," she said. "I told him, 'Don't move.'  He just looked up at me."

Despite all of that, the family really doesn't have any bad feelings for Curtis Grove.

"In all honesty, I don't feel bad against him," Smith said. "I don't have hard feelings against him. I honestly believe he snapped."

But Smith doesn't think she'll ever be ever to come back to the neighborhood again.

Lewis will be buried on Saturday.

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