Family remembers Navy vet found murdered as loving, caring

Family identifies shooting victim as retired Navy veteran
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police are investigating a homicide in the 800 block of West Holmes Road, the 41st in the city of Memphis in 2016.

Police found one man dead on the scene from a gunshot wound.

Family members said the victim is retired Navy veteran, 51-year-old Albert Earl Farmer, Jr. Family members believe the shooting may have been the result of a robbery. Farmer just celebrated his birthday this past Sunday.

"It's heart wrenching. It hurts," Sandra Farmer McCall, Farmer's sister, said. "We never thought we would become a part of the homicide issue going on in Memphis, Tennessee."

A family member went to check on Farmer at his home and found him deceased.

McCall and others waited outside of Farmer's home while police investigated the death of their loved one. A man McCall described as loving.

"A loving, caring person," McCall said.

Farmer was a father, grandfather and retired military veteran who was raised in Whitehaven. He moved back into the home on West Homes Road two years ago, the same home where he was found dead.

Family members said he celebrated a birthday this past Sunday, and then when family went days without hearing from him, they got worried.

"Family became worried because no one had heard from him," McCall said.

Family members also said Farmer's vehicle is missing. They also said surveillance cameras, which Farmer used religiously, have been torn down.

Police said it is difficult to see another homicide in the city and they are working to reduce these types of crimes.

"Try to educate the public on trying to reduce crime, trying to reduce especially homicides and these murders, because you never want to see that. It's heartfelt. Families are effected, so it's tough," Lt. Gregory Sanders said.

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