An armed robber shot and killed a man early Sunday morning as he was on his way to church. The victim, identified as Mr. Duke, was a well-respected member of the local congregation known for his dedication and kindness.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred around 7:00 AM. Mr. Duke was reportedly approached by the assailant who demanded his belongings.

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Despite complying with the robber’s demands, Mr. Duke was shot at close range. The attacker fled the scene immediately, leaving the victim lying on the road.

Local residents hurried to assist Mr. Duke, yet he passed away from his injuries before medical assistance could reach him. The news of his death has plunged the community into deep sorrow, with many expressing their grief and outrage over the senseless violence.

Authorities are appealing to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect to come forward.

“This crime is wicked, and we are exerting all efforts to apprehend the perpetrator,” stated the police spokesman. “We encourage the public to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activities.”

Mr. Duke is survived by his wife and two children. The local church has planned a candlelight vigil to honor his memory and pray for peace in the community.