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Jesse Musser moved into Pinelake Health and Rehab just six weeks before the March 29, 2009, shooting, said his daughter, Holly Musser Foster.

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Jesse Musser moved into Pinelake Health and Rehab just six weeks before the March 29, 2009, shooting, said his daughter, Holly Musser Foster.

"Daddy was a very quiet person," Foster said.

The 88-year-old was a retired railroad mechanic and gunsmith. He was raised alongside nine siblings in Mullens, W.Va., a small town 80 miles south of Charleston.

"My daddy could do anything in the world," Foster said of her father's passion for woodworking. "He could make anything, he could fix anything."

Foster said her mother Melba, who suffers from dementia, was in a pass code-protected Alzheimer's wing and was unharmed during the shooting. She had joined her husband at Pinelake only a few weeks ago.

Services are Friday, April 3, at 11 a.m. at Highland Avenue Baptist Church in Mullens, WV. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Friends will have visitation from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. April 2 at the Tankersley Funeral Home in Mullens and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

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