SALISBURY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Salisbury Police are investigating the murder of a 75-year-old man.
Just before 1:30 a.m. on Thursday morning someone called 911 and said a person at this home had gone into cardiac arrest.
When police got here, they found 75-year-old Eugene Milton Chunn dead with what they describe as “obvious signs of trauma” to his body.
A manhunt began around mid-morning as officers searched for a possible murder suspect.
Police rushed down East Franklin St. after Chunn’s family members told investigators they thought they saw the suspect in the area, but the tip didn’t lead them to the killer.
“Whoever did that, I want them to be arrested because that’s messed up that’s really sad,” said Kaco Clodfelter, a relative of Chunn.
“He was like a father figure to me, he used to ask me when he’d see me always seemed in good spirit, like asked me to wash the car for him or he’d throw me a couple dollars to do a good deed, I never saw him in a bad way or nothing like that he was always cool in a good mind, good hearted good spirit,” Clodfelter said.
Family members tell FOX 46 Chunn has several adult children, one of whom was living with him. They believe Chunn’s son killed him.
“I’m sorry that it happened, and I just hope and pray whoever did this to Mr. Gene that they get what they deserve,” said neighbor Altovise Walker.
Altovise Walker Chunn’s neighbor said she recently cooked some food for Chunn and gave it to his son to give to his father.
“It’s just heartbreaking, it’s really heartbreaking, He was a real sweet man he always waved his hand, he didn’t do too much stopping he always waved, seemed to be real nice,” Walker said.
If you have any information that can help police, you can call Salisbury-Rowan Crimestoppers and remain anonymous.