Stacy Dewayne Hunter had one doozy of a Facebook expression. To paraphrase it drastically: “There's no way you'll ever know exactly when bad things are going to happen to you.”
The 43-year-old certified code enforcement officer was a beloved member of his community. He was many things to many people: A youth sports coach. A business owner. A friend. A father.
But there was no way he could see the bad thing coming. Early Saturday morning, the popular Hunter became a victim — fatally shot at his club on North Jackson Street.
His alleged assailant, Jimmy Deshawn Moseley, 24, turned himself into police in connection with the crime hours later.
Services for the 1987 Jacksonville High School graduate were pending at Community Funeral Home Monday. More information on the funeral is expected to be available later as the family makes decisions. No family members could immediately be reached to comment on Hunter's death.
His passing is like a kick in the stomach to many who knew him.
Will Cole, director of public works for the city, said Hunter made a lot of friends during his 20 years working for the city.
“He was just a good guy,” Cole said. “Everybody is really in shock. They really feel for his family. He had three daughters and a wife. So many people have worked with him over the years. It's just total shock.”
Many of Hunter's friends crowded onto the Facebook page made to memorialize him – “RIP Coach Stacy.” As of Monday the page had well over 2,000 “likes.”
“You were a good man,” wrote Sabrina Rae Webster. “I know you've already gathered up kids up there in heaven to look over and start a team with! You were a great coach, mentor and a father figure to slot of kids in our community! You will truly be missed!
Rita “Boss Lady” Murray had similar sentiments.
“My heart goes out to the family and friends,” she said. “I was in 'jville' for only two and half years and I met Stacey (sic). … He treated me like family and look out for me and my kids. He will be missed. A great man with a big heart.”
Anita “Sophisticated Lady” Hall described Stacy as a life-changing coach.
“I can remember when Coach Stacy was at my daughter basketball games, when I was unable to make it because I was working night,” Hall said. “He was also her Coach in 'Little Dribblers' and he was a Father figure to her! He will be missed greatly. RIP Coach Stacy! We love you!”
Hunter owned a few businesses, according to the Cherokee Central Appraisal District, such as Stacy's Detail, 520 North Jackson. Friends say he also owned the club on North Jackson where he died.
Jacksonville Det. Sgt. Daniel Franklin said the case remained under investigation Monday.
The 911 call about the shooting went out shortly after 4 a.m. Authorities cleared the building and contacted EMS to provide care for Hunter, who died at the scene.
Jacksonville homicide detectives then started their investigation.
A witness who allegedly saw the shooting provided a description of a suspect, Moseley, who turned himself into custody about 6:30 a.m.
As detectives continue to investigate the case, questions remain about why Hunter was shot and what was his relationship to Moseley.
Robbery has been determined to be a mitigating part of the crime, as evidenced by the capital murder charge filed against Moseley. The charge comes with a sentence of death or life in prison, depending on which punishment the district attorney decides to pursue.
Moseley remained in custody Monday night in Cherokee County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.
In honor of Hunter's death, a code enforcement town hall meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed for a week, said Cole, who worked with Hunter eight years.
“I never heard anyone say anything bad about him or the other way around,” Cole said.
“He was just that kind of guy.”
A call to his sister, Veronica, was not immediately returned Monday.
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