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Beverly was at work when she got the call. She is finding it hard to understand how anyone could have killed John. Beverly was at work when she got the call. She is finding it hard to understand how anyone could have killed John.
Shelley was working at this house on Scottsdale Avenue when he was robbed, shot, and killed on Friday. Shelley was working at this house on Scottsdale Avenue when he was robbed, shot, and killed on Friday.
Complete strangers are giving a Collierville wife their condolences after a tragic murder. Complete strangers are giving a Collierville wife their condolences after a tragic murder.
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COLLIERVILLE, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Complete strangers are giving a Collierville wife their condolences after a tragic murder.

Beverly Shelley's husband John, also known as J.P., was supposed to pick up their kids Friday and celebrate their son's birthday. But now, she and her children are left mourning a loss after he was robbed, shot, and killed.

"He was such a wonderful man, he was the best father. He took my daughter to gymnastics and he took my children to karate three times a week," said Beverly.

Family and friends said John was a husband, father, and family man. He quit work a year ago to take care of his father and spend more time with his children. Recently, he began working as a part-time contractor and started renovating homes. Shelley was working on an estimate at a vacant house when two men robbed and shot him Friday morning.

Beverly was at work when she got the call. She is finding it hard to understand how anyone could have killed John, who was 42.

"[He] would do anything for anyone and would have given these people anything. He probably did, but they still chose to shoot him. It just breaks my heart that anyone can be so cold hearted ... We're a part of this community, and it just breaks my heart that other people in the community have just torn my family apart," she said."I'm in shock from this awful experience."

The murder, she says, showed her the worst in humanity. But what has happened since has shown her the best.

Friends are canvassing the neighborhood and spreading the word about a $25,000 reward they have raised to find the killers responsible.

"From friends cleaning my house, bringing food, cutting my grass, taking care of my children ... I have not had to worry about anything," said Beverly.

For that, Beverly wants to say thank you, but to whoever killed her husband she has something else to say.

"You have killed the most wonderful man, and the best father and the best husband," she said. "I'm just praying that someone will come forward with information."

John was killed on his son's 7th birthday. If you have information on suspects call 528-CASH.

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