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Friends remember man killed in Hixson shooting

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HIXSON, TN (WRCB) -

We are learning more about the man killed in Hixson early Friday morning. Police said Eric Burchfield was found dead at the Kangaroo Express, and appeared to be shot in the back.

READ MORE | UPDATE: Police make arrest in deadly Hixson shooting?

Ember Lee Cash Elm was arrested and charged in the homicide.

Friends said they still can't believe what happened, but they remember Eric as a happy person who would always lend a helping hand.

"I'll never see him again," Kevin Konieczny said as he fought back tears.

He still in disbelief that his neighbor will never return home. When you ask him what he will remember most, he said it's Eric's kind spirit.
 
"The smile and the friendship," Konieczny, "The smile and the friendship."

The two were neighbors for a few years. And now one thought keeps running through his mind.  

"I guess I just don't understand why it would have to be Eric," Konieczny said.

It's something that has haunted Konieczny since Friday.  That's when he learned his friend, Eric Burchfield, was shot and killed.

"When it came down and I heard it was him at first it was like total shock," Konieczny continued, "It was devastating."

Even a few days later he said it still doesn't feel real to his family.

Konieczny described the reaction from Eric's mother when she was told by police what happened.

"She shot him. She shot him," Konieczny recalled her reaction.

Ember Lee Cash Elm was arrested and charged in the homicide. Elm has a criminal history dating back to 2014.

She pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, obstructing highway, and criminal impersonation, which happened on October 14th.

She also pleaded guilty to theft of property, evading arrest, and criminal trespassing, which happened on November 20th.

Now, Konieczny is calling for justice and help. 

"I hope she gets help," said Konieczny, "I mean, there has to be some justice served on this.. but.. I mean.." 

Above all Konieczny wants people to remember Eric the way he does..  

"He'd always carry a smile on his face everywhere he went," Konieczny said

Elm is set to face a judge on July 26.

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