MACON COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Ennon Hayden, Jr., drove up to the back of his parents' home near the Hardaway community on County Road 13 in Macon County Friday night.
He went inside around 9:30 p.m. to make sure things were okay but had no idea he was walking into a burglary in progress and would not make it out alive.
"She said 'I don't know how to tell you this," recalled Hayden's father, Ennon Hayden, Sr. of the conversation he later had with his daughter. She was the one who found the body.
"How, why, how could this happen? Why did this happen? Just blew me away," he admitted.
It's not clear whether there was one or two burglary suspects. What we do know is there appears to have been a struggle in the hallway. There is a hole in the wall near the floor.
Hayden's sister found him shot to death in that hallway. He was a mechanic and just 35-years-old.
In the front yard, the military veteran lowered his own flag in memory of his son.
At the Macon County Sheriff's Office, there's a promise to track down the killer.
"They shot him one time. Ennon was a good kid. 35-years-old. I call him kid, great young man, good family, good mother and good father," said Sheriff Andre Brunson.
As of now no one's been arrested, but Brunson says they have a 'person of interest' they're looking at.
"I think we're on the right path," the sheriff stated.
It's the first homicide of 2018 for Macon County. Brunson said, including his department, a total of three law enforcement agencies are working on the case.