Family reeling after elderly man murdered with his flashlight - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family reeling after elderly man murdered with his own flashlight

Dorris Harkins shared her favorite picture of she and her father, Monroe Pierce. Dorris Harkins shared her favorite picture of she and her father, Monroe Pierce.

(WMC-TV) - Memphis police are searching for the suspects responsible for killing an elderly man asleep in his own bed.

Dorris Harkins showed off her favorite picture of her father, 86-year-old Monroe Pierce.

"He'll never be replaced," said Harkins.  "Never."

For decades, Pierce lived in a small house on Benjestown Road, caring for his cats and practicing his carpentry.

On December 11 at 2:14 a.m., someone forced their way into Pierce's home and attacked him.

The suspects used Pierce's own flashlight and hit him in the head repeatedly until the elderly man told him where to find all of his money.

About $1,000 were stolen.  Pierce spent the next two months in and out of the hospital with head trauma, until he died from his injuries in late January.

"Eventually, he would be going, but I pictured my father going in his sleep," said Harkins.  "The remaining years that my father had left, whatever it be, two years, four years, five years, it's gone.  It's gone."

Instead of searching for a robber, investigators are looking for a killer.

"I want him caught 100 percent," said Harkins.  "He doesn't need just help.  He needs to be punished for what he did.  He took away my father."

Pierce would have been 87 in about three weeks.  He has two daughters, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Pierce was retired from his job with the county as a building superintendent and carpenter at the courthouse.

If you can help solve this case, investigators ask you call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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