KENNESAW, Georgia. – Gene Siller’s colleagues at the Pinetree Country Club said he’s the kind of guy who’ll give you the shirt off his back.
Chad Phillips, director of golf instruction at the course, said Siller was probably trying to help the man who shot him in the head on Saturday afternoon.
“That’s what made him a great golf professional and a great man,” said Phillips, who witnessed Siller’s murder from afar. “When it happened there was a lot of confusion, I saw the truck and unfortunately I witnessed what happened at the time.
Police said Siller was not targeted but killed because he saw the shooter commit a crime.
The suspect drove a white van over the tenth hole. Siller was killed when he approached the man.
In the back of the van, police discovered the bodies of the van’s owner, Paul Pierson, and another man whose name police have not released.
Every club member, neighbor and employee FOX 5 spoke to said they didn’t know who Pierson was. The police only said he was 76 years old.
Police gave no further details about the other two victims.
Although it was not immediately clear whether the suspect was still at large on Tuesday afternoon, Cobb County Police said “there is no active threat to the general public and that ‘there was no direct threat to the residents of the neighborhood.
On Tuesday, the Commander of Compound 1 wrote a letter to members of the community to tell them that the departments “People crime detectives and many other special units are continuing to work on active leads in this case. homicide”.
Another golf instructor on the course, Corey Evans, said Siller’s death left a hole in the club’s community.
“It’s still a feeling of numbness,” he said. “It’s just one of those things that’s pretty hard to figure out.”
Evans and Phillips both watched the gunman take off on foot moments after the shootout. It took a few moments to prove what they had just seen – and heard – on the fairway.
“In everyone’s mind there were fireworks because we had a huge fireworks display for the fourth,” Phillips said. “I was trying to convince myself that the gunshots we were hearing were fireworks, but unfortunately they were not.”
They said the club community is grateful for the support from the golf world across the country. Without a word on the suspect’s whereabouts, they want anyone who can help bring the killer to justice to come forward.
“As hard as it is in these times, you want to stop, you want to move on, you maybe want to do something else, do you want to run away, I don’t think that’s what Gene would want,” said Phillips.
A GoFundMe has been created for his family.
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