"Very, very respectable person. Everyone admired his personality. Everyone admired his professionalism," said City Council Member Frank Reddick.
Reddick lives right around the corner from a Dollar Store on North 40th Street where manager Horsely Shorter lost his life Sunday (see http://wfts.tv/1asTN3W ).
"He came back home to help his sick mother and he got a job at Family Dollar. He rose up to the rank of manager to be killed," he said.
Reddick is calling the African-American community to action in the wake of the senseless murder.
"I found out that he was killed by a person who looked just like him, and it's a senseless killing," he said.
"No one is out protesting. No one is out marching and this is a black-on-black crime," he continued.
Police say the Army and Air Force veteran was shot and killed while trying to help his clerk when a 23-year old robber, Demetrius Parks, came in with a gun.
"He rushed out of a locked office where he was safe to try and protect his co-worker," said Laura McElroy, Tampa Police Department.
Reddick called attention to black-on-black crime in a Tampa City Council meeting Thursday and says he has received support from the community.
The next step, he says, is putting together a task force to start a conversation about the issue.
"What I would like to do is establish a dialogue, a dialogue with citizens of this community, particularly African-Americans. We're going to have to take on this challenge," said Reddick.