Mobile, Ala. (WALA) - Friends are mourning the loss of a Mobile murder victim.
Mobile Police responded to a report of a male down, Wednesday, October 23. When they got there, officers found Joseph O'Brien, 48, with an apparent gunshot wound.
Mobile Fire-Rescue responded and the victim was pronounced dead on the scene.
O'Brien is survived by his wife and three daughters, one of whom is battling cancer.
O'Brien was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Little Flower Catholic Church.
Ray carney can't believe his friend was murdered.
" Everybody wants to feel safe walking down the streets and I don't know if anybody is safe walking down any street. And that's sad," said Carney.
Carney is the immediate past State Deputy at the Knights of Columbus.
He spent a lot of time with O'Brien. He says "Joey" as he calls him, would give you the shirt off his back.
Another Knights of Columbus member, Matthew Culp, says he could not believe the news.
" He's an excellent person. Someone to look up to and try to be like," said Culp.
Members saw O'Brien just hours before his was killed. They were at Little Flower Catholic Church working on a project.
When it was time to go home, the guys changed their plans and had a little fun.
" Somehow we ended up in the gym playing basketball with volleyballs. I'm not very athletic but they talked me into going in there. Just typical Joey. We all had a blast, a real brotherhood," said Culp.
That was the last time members saw their friend.
Homicide detectives will continue the investigation. If anyone has information about the incident, please call the Mobile Police Department at 208-7211.
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