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‘He was the last person you’d expect…this to happen to’

Family, friends and co-workers described the victim in Tuesday’s shooting death in East Brewton as a loving father and dedicated worker.

Police are releasing few details about how Cory Moncrief was found dead from a single gunshot wound inside his apartment home on U.S. Hwy. 29 near Mantel Street.

The 32-year-old father of two was employed in the sawmill at the T.R. Miller Mill Co.

Neighbor Jennifer Capps and landlord Foy Ray Jr. described Moncrief as “an all-around nice guy.”

“You couldn’t have asked for a better renter,” Ray said.

Capps said she and Moncrief had been neighbors since August.

“He was the last person you would have expected something like this would have happened to,” she said. “He was just a nice guy – a very loving father to his two kids. He was sweet and would always wave.

“It’s so sad and scary,” she said of the situation.

Co-workers at the TRM Mill, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the mill “couldn’t have asked for a better employee.”

“He was always on time, did his job with a smile and could be counted on,” one co-worker said. “We are all just devastated that something like this happened.”