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Family: Fayetteville man's goodwill likely led to death

Posted July 27, 2011

— A Fayetteville man found dead in his car Monday likely was shot by someone the man was trying to help, his family said Wednesday.

Police found August Allen "Augie" Hosack, 71, inside his 1994 Ford Taurus in the 500 block of Orlando Street Monday afternoon after someone in the neighborhood called to report a suspicious vehicle.

Investigators said Hosack had been shot once in the leg. The car was still running, and Hosack's foot was on the brake, they said.

Bob Hosack said that his father was taking blood thinners for his diabetes and bled to death after being shot.

August Hosack Family: Fayetteville man's goodwill likely led to death

Police said it's unclear whether Augie Hosack was shot on Orlando Street or drove there after being shot.

Family members said they don't know why Augie Hosack would have been on Orlando Street, which was several miles from his home.

"I feel that someone robbed him," Bob Hosack said.

Augie Hosack, an Army veteran and retired contractor, was a deacon at Fayetteville Freewill Holiness Church and was generous to a fault, his family said.

"Somebody's got a need, (and) you just reach out and you help," said his sister, Ruby Lowery. "That's the way my dad always was, and that's the way Augie always was."

"He went out of his way as much as he could for any of us," Bob Hosack said.

Police said they have no suspects and asked that anyone with information call detectives at 910-549-7326 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS.

"It's somebody that he helped. That's all I can say," Lowery said of her brother's killer.


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  • hazeyc Jul 28, 2011

    My dad's cousin was the same helpful guy. Gave a lift to a guy fresh out of prison who was hitchhiking and ended up dying a terrible death.
    Thankfully, they caught the guys (driving his truck no less) and they were given the death penalty.
    The community and our family lost a wonderful person.

    So the next time you don't help someone don't feel bad there are places they can go for help and choose not to do so.

  • ncguy Jul 28, 2011

    Hate to say it but I help people all the time too, but I profile first.

  • crckttsgr Jul 28, 2011

    "He sounds like a wonderful man. He gets to take the express elevator to heaven. So sorry for our loss!

    I think this says it best. It is OUR loss. It's everyone's loss when a good person leaves us. Such a sad story. Prayers for his family and friends.

  • BubbaDuke Jul 28, 2011

    After working with alcoholics, drug addicts, and the court system, it's a miracle to me that anyone tries to be a good Samaritan anymore. There seems to be more people wanting to take than there are people willing to give - a sad commentary on our society.

    Being a Christian and trying to do good does not mean that we should be careless. Just because we know we're doing the Lord's will doesn't mean that He's going to prevent someone from harming us. We all make our own decisions and we're held accountable to God for those we make. I've heard it preached that if you're doing what God purposed you to do then nothing Satan throws at you will harm you...that's a crock. The test of faith is knowing that you're in harm's way and still doing what's required - but there's a difference between going to witness to cannibals and rushing into a burning building to save lives. The former is a calculated gamble; the latter we do in spite of our fear or the risk it poses to our own lives.

  • familyfour Jul 28, 2011

    Oh my gosh.

    As I tell my friends how hard it is to be kind because others are so evil.....I am reading this headline.....and hang my head.

    This man has a very special place awaiting him, as he so chose to do unto others.....

    For those who have harmed him, and others.....their day will come. I doubt by the hands of our lovely judicial system, as criminals have more rights than victims, but it will come to them no less.

    My thoughts are with his family. No doubt he will be missed.

  • Scaramouche Jul 28, 2011

    Mman that blows. I stop to help people all the time, and as much as I hate to ssay it, I always have this kind of thing in the back of my mind.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Jul 28, 2011

    So sad for the family, and the community for the loss of a good man. I hope that whoever is responsible for his death, is punished, if never by law, by Gods will.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jul 28, 2011

    So very sad.

    If someone knocks on your door for help, especially auto problems or you see something while away from home call 911.

    It's just not safe to trust people anymore.

  • dollibug Jul 28, 2011

    This is so sad that NO ONE can trust another human being anymore...as one never knows what someone just might do...if a person can kill someone that they once loved...then who knows what a person might do to a stranger...and I have found out that a person SHOULD NEVER, EVER give a person money, if they "have another need"...instead, if they are hungry, buy them a meal, need gas, then follow them to a gas station....money can be used for drugs and alcohol..and most people do not "NEED" them.

  • shortcake53 Jul 28, 2011

    I'm so sorry. God Bless him for the kind and caring man he was.