TAMPA, Fla. -
Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of a robbery suspect who gunned down a retired soldier.
Horsley Shorter, Jr. worked as the manager of the Family Dollar at 4900 N. 40th Street in East Tampa.
After 26 years serving in both the U.S. Army and Air Force, "Junior" left a security job in Maryland and returned to Tampa after his father died in order to care for his 83-year-old mother, Hattie.
"Now he just left me by myself," Hattie sighed. "He didn't bother nobody. He treated everybody right."
According to Tampa Police, an armed suspect tried to rob the store's cashier around 9:00 Sunday morning. Junior raced out to try to help.
"He rushed out of a locked office where he was safe to try and protect his coworker," explained TPD Spokesperson Laura McElroy.
No one who knows Junior is surprised he died the way he lived, always willing to help another, putting others before himself.
"I'm telling you, he would fight for you. He would defend you," explained his sister, Trinetta Williams. "I miss him dearly. I truly do."
Neighbors call Junior a regular on their front porches or in their living rooms, stopping by to catch up with the elderly or mentor children.
"He would've done anything for anybody," explained Martha Tolbert. "I'm sure whatever they wanted he would've given it to them and gladly let them leave."
Anyone with information about the suspect who killed Junior should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
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