PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - A crime scene unit continues to investigate after a barber in Prichard was brutally murdered. Police believe what started as a robbery ended in the death of 60-year-old Sam Richardson.
FOX10 News caught up with Richardson's family who said he was a beloved barber and local minister.
"He was an awesome father, perfect awesome grandfather, awesome husband. His life spoke for him," said his daughter, Samantha Richardson.
Family said Richardson worked at the shop, just up the street from the old Blount High school, for more than 25 years.
"I can remember my old Blount high school days, him going over there, eating lunch, just talking to the cafeteria workers and all the kids," said Samantha Richardson.
Richardson, however, was also an accomplished minister at the Phillips Temple AOH Church of God in Mobile.
Investigators believe two men were involved in his killing.
Sgt. Walter Knight with the Prichard Police Department said a man walked into Richardson's shop Tuesday afternoon and repeatedly struck him while a second suspect stood watch outside.
A regular client at the barber shop found Richardson's body.
"When he walked in, he noticed Mr. Richardson on the floor, lying on his back, and that's when he also noticed the blood and called 911," said Sgt. Knight.
"Those of us in the community do not understand why something like this would happen to a man as such," said Bishop Richard Curtis, who worked with Minister Richardson.
Investigators said they have very strong leads and several witnesses that have come forward. Authorities believe it's only a matter of time before the suspects are arrested.
Meanwhile, the community of Prichard continues to mourn one of their own.
"He's going to be missed, naturally, among his family, his church family and the community. So I just wanted to thank everyone for their prayers, and just continue to pray for us," said Samantha Richardson.
Minister Richardson leaves behind his 2 children, a grandchild and his wife of 35 years.
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