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Neighbors remember victim killed in home robbery

Story by Fatima Rahmatullah

Eyewitness News Reporter

LUPTON CITY, CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- A violent crime has neighbors of Chance LeCroy worried and afraid to stay in their home after the young man was murdered in his sleep.

They, along with police, are still searching for answers as to why this happened.

The home on Fairfax Heights seems peaceful just one day after a man was murdered inside his home. Police say Chance LeCroy was asleep when two men broke into his home on Johnston Terrace Thursday and shot him in the head.

Friends and neighbors are trying to grasp what happened.

Chelsey Mertins lives right next door to Lecroy. Mertins works at the Papa John's down the street. She says LeCroy would always come in to eat pizza.

"He would've never hurt anybody," says Mertins.

She was shocked and surprised when she found out what happened.

"My roommate called me and she said that there were cops and ambulance and news reporters at the house. She didn't know much information until about 30 minutes later and she called me crying her eyes out and said that he was dead," says Mertins.

Investigators found drug-related items in the house and say that could be the reason the men broke in.

A house that was filled with fun and laughter now stands silent. Neighbors say it will never be the same.

"I knew that they were always college kids, middle age, 20 something's having fun, but I didn't know of them doing anything serious," says Mertins.

Eyewitness news tried to reach LeCroy's girlfriend. She did not want to speak on camera but sent us a statement.

She says, "he was the kindest person I'd ever met. I loved him with all my heart. He would do anything for anyone at the drop of a dime. He was completely selfless and loved by many people."

Investigators are still looking for two white men in an old pickup truck.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 698-3333.

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