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Family pleads for answers in loved one's death

It's easy for the Hunter family to talk about how loving their father and grandfather was.

But it's harder dealing with the reality he's no longer living.

While the Alabama Bureau of Investigation has yet to determine if longtime Tuskegee resident Winzer Hunter was shot by someone else, his family believes he was murdered.

Despite his father's death, Bessie, Mildred, Gwendolyn and Beatrice believe his spirit is alive in their singing.

They say singing songs has always been a beloved pastime for their family.

But even they know, hymns won't bring their father, 89-year old Winzer Hunter back.

"This is so hard.  This is so hard for all of us," says Bessie Hunter Shelton, the oldest of the four Hunter sisters.

While authorities are still investigating his death, the Hunter family believes someone came into their father's home, shot him and got away long before anyone knew he was hurt.

"All my father said was help me," says Beatrice Hunter Scruggs.

She was the first one to find him lying on the ground in the kitchen--with a bullet wound to his chest.

"The ambulance arrived and we put him up on the stretcher together and got him to the emergency room."

Hunter died three days later.

"The initial shock for me was overwhelming," says her son and Hunter's grandson, Darius Scruggs.

He says his grandfather was more like a dad to him.

"It's tough when that's been taken from you for no justifiable reason."

Which is why he wants a suspect to "please just come forward," he says.

"Even after we find the answers, it won't bring our father back, but it will bring some kind of closure," adds Beatrice.

The sisters say their father was a well-known member of the Tuskegee community and a World War II veteran. 

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