- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) - A 34-year-old Magnolia man gunned down at his front door was friendly and loved children - especially his son - but almost never left his home, friends and relatives say.

Zerrick Ward probably stayed inside 362 days out of 365, leaving only for haircuts, his girlfriend, Tanya Butler, told the Enterprise-Journal (https://bit.ly/1RCIJ6X ).

Ward’s cousin Lakeisha Dillon-Wallace said, “He just didn’t handle dealing with the public well. I did all of his ripping and running and stuff. I would go buy clothes, groceries, stuff for his son.”

Someone shot Ward in the chest as he answered his door on the night of May 19, police said.

Ward lived long enough to describe the attack, telling officers that a masked man knocked on his door and shot him as he stood in the doorway.

Police are still looking for a motive and have not identified any suspects.

“They took someone’s life who was at home minding their own business,” his mother, Janice Dillon, said during a candlelight vigil Friday evening.

Cousin Kizzy Magee said Ward was smart and knew computers. “He had all A’s in school,” she said.

“He never had an enemy, never,” Dillon-Wallace said.

His son, King Gardner, is 1 year old.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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