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Family: Fayetteville man's goodwill likely led to death

Posted July 27, 2011 5:06 p.m. EDT
Updated July 27, 2011 6:58 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.