MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A beloved hairdresser, son, and brother was found dead at O.L. Cash Park on Thursday morning.
Memphis Police Department found the body before 8 a.m.
Officers said the man was shot and killed. They are investigating the death as a homicide.
Family members identified the victim as 51-year-old Alex Phillips.
Family said he lived with and took care of his mother; he worked as a hair dresser.
Phillips was found dead outside his car at the park.
He was about to celebrate his birthday next week.
"I'm just saying 'no, no God, no, no, no, no," Alice Wright, Phillips' mother, said. "Some guy knocked on my door and woke me up to this. This is what I woke up to."
Phillips was discovered lying next to his car by a person who lives near the park.
Investigators said he was shot several times.
"Because God is so faithful, I know I'll make it through, but he spoiled me rotten," Wright said.
She said the last time she saw her son was 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"He told me goodbye last night and that he would be back and he never came back," Wright said.
Phillips previously taught at a cosmetology school. He worked at Queens Coiffures Beauty Shop on Belz Boulevard.
Wright said she has no idea who could have done this to her son.
Police have not released information on any suspects or motive, but Wright said she has a message for the person(s) responsible.
"You took my heart. You took a piece of me," she said. "That's all I have to say. If the law gets you, well and good, but if they don't, you still took a piece of me."