ASHVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — A man is charged with murder in connection with the death of an 89-year-old man in Ashville Wednesday.
Joe Montgomery died at UAB hospital after investigators said he was found shot in the head in his own home. He was found by a family member, according to police.
Claude Henry Williams Jr., 30, was arrested and charged Thursday.
Montgomery’s family members told CBS 42 that Williams was Montgomery’s step-grandson. Loved ones said Montgomery helped raise Williams and now they are trying to understand what happened.
“Never would have thought somebody could have a heart to do something like this,” said Norman Montgomery, a nephew of the victim.
Joe Montgomery was a retired sergeant in the United States Army. He was well known in the community after being a greeter at a nearby Wal-Mart.
Montgomery is also known for helping provide neighbors with food that he grew in his garden.
“He was just so important to us, we looked up to him, he was a perfect example that you would want to follow,” said Ella Mostella, Montgomery’s niece.
Investigators with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and Ashville Police continue to look into the case.
A motive has not been released.
“He just didn’t deserve this, he didn’t deserve that, and I don’t know who would have had the heart to do this to him because he never hurt anybody,” said Mostella.
Williams remained in jail as of Thursday night without a bond.