Friends, family, neighbors honor life of murder victim

Friends, family, neighbors honor life of murder victim

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Friends, family, and neighbors held a vigil on Friday for a man sheriff’s deputies say was stabbed to death in his home.

People gathered outside of the home Edward Payne’s home to tell stories and honor his life.

“He had more good memories with other people that I never even knew, and he could make a friend with anyone,” said Austin Payne, Ed’s son.

Rick Grammer says he knew Payne for more than 50 years. Grammar calls Edward his best friend.

He says he got the call from the coroner late Saturday informing him of Edward’s death. He was shocked.

With Edward’s funeral on Saturday, reality is now setting in.

“It’s been rough when you’ve known somebody for 54 years,” explains Grammer. “You just can’t believe that it’s real.”

Ed leaves behind family, friends, and a granddaughter that was just born this week.

“He was looking very forward to that, that’s all he ever talked about for the last month, he just never got to meet her [his granddaughter] and that’s really a shame,” said Grammer.

Wendy Payne is in jail and charged with her husband’s murder.

Wendy will be back in court in September.

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