Friends and family remember Evansville murder victim

Published: Jul. 20, 2015 at 7:56 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2016 at 5:38 PM CDT
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Singer Jackson Young and Shane Breedlove
Singer Jackson Young and Shane Breedlove

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Family and friends are remembering an Evansville man who died in a shooting on the city's east side.

Evansville Police say the body of 41-year-old Shane Breedlove was found at the intersection of Washington and Thompson around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Detectives were out Monday looking for bullet fragments or any evidence that could help them solve this crime.

Friends and family say Shane was a great guy with no enemies.

They tell us he was a musician who loved karaoke and used to deejay at several local nightclubs.

Friends say Shane was on his way to work Sunday night.  He was walking down the street, not far from where he lived.

Neighbors reported hearing fireworks, which police now believe were gunshots.

"He was always the kind of guy that had a big smile on his face," said Joshua Justice.  "He was very well liked.  He knew everybody.  It's hard to fathom why this would happen to somebody like him."

"All the friends and family just want justice, I mean this is random for us," adds Harold Rushing, a lifelong friend.  "And he was a good man, a great man…outgoing and his personality was awesome.  He never met a stranger.  He would always introduce himself to somebody he never met."

Investigators still have no leads in the case.

But those who live in the area will see extra patrols over the next several days.

"Despite what happened last night, it's still a safe community but it is reassuring to see more officers in the area when something like this has happened," said Sgt. Jason Cullum of Evansville Police.

Country singer, Jackson Young, a lifelong friend of Shane's.  They were supposed to celebrate a birthday together this weekend.

Young offering up a reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of Shane's killer(s).

"This was murder.  This wasn't an accident.  This wasn't reckless homicide.  This was murder, someone murdered my friend.  Someone took my friend's life. I can't believe, I can't believe he's gone.  I just can't believe that he's gone," says Young.

Click here to reach the donation site set up in Shane's name.

He's appeared in several YouTube videos showcasing his singing over the years.

Officers say they don't have a suspect description at this time.  They are asking anyone with information to call the We-Tip hotline.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

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