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Community says Cullman homicide victim was well-liked

The scene on St. Joseph Drive NW. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC The scene on St. Joseph Drive NW. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC
Authorities on scene. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC Authorities on scene. Source: Aaron Lee/WBRC

The Cullman County coroner has identified a man found dead at a home just outside Cullman city limits on Thursday night.

The coroner says the man's name is Fredrick William Galin.

Cullman County deputies began investigating the homicide of the 71-year-old man a little after 5 p.m. Thursday. It's a scene no one who spoke to FOX6 expected to see at Galin's home

"He was a well liked gentleman and why someone would want to do this is unknown and bizarre," said Major Scott Clay of the Cullman County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say a friend of Galin's called police Thursday and asked them to do a welfare check. He told authorities he hadn't heard from Galin in a few days and wanted to know that he was OK.

Officials responded to the scene in the 1900 block of St. Joseph Drive NW across from Terrace Heights Park.

"We responded, made entry and found Mr. Galin on his kitchen floor," Clay said.

Even after 23 years as a law enforcement officer, Clay says it was hard to see.

"It's still a shock to you because this man here was well liked by everyone around here. He lived a simple life and nice to everyone and everyone liked him. And it's just a bad feeling when something bad happens to someone good like this," Clay said.

For years, Galin lived in a home on right next to Northside Veterinary Hospital where Andrea Hudson works. She remembers him as a nice man who would often cut the vet's lawn and in turn, they'd do the same.

"He always had a smile on his face, always," she recalled.

So she was shocked when she got the call Thursday evening, telling her "Mr. Fred," as he was known, was the victim of a homicide.

"It's really upsetting to know that happened right here and to someone so nice," Hudson said.

Clay says even though they don't have a suspect yet, they will find the culprit.

"The best thing is to turn yourself in and the biggest thing is, who could do this and live with this guilt until their caught. So it's easier to turn yourself in and get it off your conscience," he said.

He asks anyone who may have been in the area and seen or heard something to call authorities. He says even if you think it's small, it may be just the piece authorities need to solve this puzzle. The number to the Cullman County Sheriff's Office is 256-734-0342.

Sheriff Mike Rainey said Thursday night that they suspect foul play in Galin's death though the man wasn't stabbed or shot. Rainey says Galin's body will be taken to Huntsville for an autopsy.

So far there have been no arrests in this case. Check back to this story for updates.

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