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Judge found dead in Memphis Country Club parking lot

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Chancellor Oscar "Bo" Carr III was found dead in his car in the parking lot of the Memphis Country Club on Monday night.

Police officers responded to the scene, where they found Carr dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Friends and loved ones describe Chancellor Oscar "Bo" Carr as a family man, who was humble and pleasant to be around.

They say the focus is not on how Carr died, but the extraordinary life he lived.

"Jut a real loss," Ed Galfsky said. "I think, a real sense of loss."

Galfsky is the executive director of Carnival Memphis. He knew Carr for more than 20 years.

"Surprised and saddened and amazed that such a great guy wasn't with us anymore," Galfsky said. "He's the kind of person people would go to for advice."

In addition to being identified as one of America's top lawyers, Carr was also involved in charity work, from helping children with diabetes and donating to the deaf community.

Tennessee Chief Justice Sharon Lee says Carr left an incredible legacy in the legal community.

"We all respected and liked him and loved him," Lee said. "That's how we want to remember him."

Chancery Court was shut down after learning about Carr's death.

The University of Virginia and Emory University law grad was sworn in by Governor Haslam to replace Chancellor Kenny Armstrong just six months ago, after serving as a civil litigator for 38 years at the Glankler Brown law firm.

One of his first cases on the bench: the controversial Southwind annexation battle.

A family spokesperson says Carr was a great father, friend, and husband who will be missed. The family is asking for privacy at this time.

If you know someone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the Crisis Center at 901-274-7477. You can also go to their website by clicking here.

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