(WMC-TV) - Residents of a Whitehaven apartment complex are mourning the death of a security guard who was shot while on the job.
Sunday night, the manhunt began for two suspects involved in the shooting death of a guard at the Bent Tree Apartments on Winchester Avenue in Memphis.
"We don't know what really happened," said Pastor Ted Williams of Hope Fellowship Baptist Church. "I understand these were not people who lived inside of Bent Tree."
The name of the guard has not been released. By Monday, people had pinned up teddy bears near the entrance of the Bent Tree Apartments, where the guard had stopped two suspicious men before he was shot and killed by one of them.
"It's a shame that, at 41-years-old, he is not here," Williams said. "We don't understand what happened. What we do know is that he fulfilled his role well."
Williams has ministered on the Bent Tree premises for 15 years. Just after a service Sunday night, he spoke with the guard about protecting the children of Bent Tree.
"He was such a wonderful young man," Williams said. "The only thing he was trying to do is protect our tenants."
Williams described the guard as 'joyful' and 'smiling' the night he died. The pastor offered spiritual counseling to any students showing distress at Monday's tutoring sessions.
"We know things are going to happen, but at the same time, we need to stay positive for our children so they can continue to perform in school," he said.
They're looking for two suspects. Witnesses said one had dreadlocks, and was wearing jeans. The other, who stood nearly six feet tall, had low cut hair and was wearing jeans and a St. Louis Cardinals jacket.
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