By Joan Murray

FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Ft. Lauderdale police are dealing with a murder at a halfway the ‘Third Step’ facility at 907 NW 4th Street Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was found shot to death inside his second floor apartment.

“I heard a pop, but I didn’t think anything of it because people were always dropping things upstairs,” says Bill Dorion, a friend of the victim.

When he went upstairs he learned his friend was dead.

“His loss is really shaking me up. He was the one person I became friends with. We bonded quickly.”

Dorion describes the victim as being in his forties, a combat Marine veteran who was liked by everyone. Dorion says it was through his encouragement that the victim enrolled in the intense treatment program.

He says the victim had some struggles with addiction and mental health issues.

“He doesn’t make enemies. He’s easy going. I can’t see anyone hurting him.”

“I think it’s terrible. He was trying to get help. He was just a very nice man,” said Kathy Fisher who is married to Dorion.

“Some people say they want help and nothing happens. He was very upfront and was trying to help himself.”

Tuesday afternoon Ft. Lauderdale police were questioning a resident that had spent part of the day with the victim.

But there have been no arrests.


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