MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A local mobile family is angry and hurt as they grieve the death of a man who was a father, grandfather, brother and friend.
“My father was the best father any little girl could dream to have and I was very lucky to call him dad. He was an amazing person. He was kind to everybody, he would do anything for anyone,” said O’Brien’s daughter, Macy Bauman.
Mobile police said Joseph O’Brien was murdered Wednesday night at the intersection of Springhill Avenue and Broad Street. The killer is still on the loose.
“I don’t know what happened down there on Broad Street, what took place with the encounter but I doubt if he was afraid,” said O’Brien’s mother, Mary Jane O’Brien. “I hope we catch who did this to him and I hope that they can find peace in their lives and I think that’s what Joey would want. My prayers go out to the mothers of these people because they’re going to be in a lot of pain just like I am.”
O’Brien is described as a follower of Christ and a giver to all. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at Little Flower Catholic Church and a personal friend of Pastor John Lynes.
“Whenever we needed something Joey was there. He’s going to be missed terribly a lot of people said he was one of their best friends,” Lyens said. “We really believe Joey is with us. He hasn’t left us totally, he’s watching down and our faith gets us through this hour because we’re devastated.”
In a letter written to the killer, the family said O’Brien would have loved that person too.
“If you were hungry, Joey would have fed you. If you needed money, he would have taken you to work with him and he would have taught you a trade. He would have taken you to church so you could see God and he said he may have even helped your mother at some point and if he hadn’t, he would have. That’s my brother,” said O’Brien’s sister, Kelly Poole.
The family is holding a vigil at the murder scene Sunday, October 27 at 7 p.m. to pray. The public is invited.
If have any information about the murder, call Mobile police.
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