DALLAS -- Neighbors said the man killed at his West Dallas home during a late night robbery Wednesday was well-liked and enjoyed helping others on his block.
Police found Nathan Dotson, 62, dead inside his home shortly before 11 p.m. on Ladale Dr.
The suspects beat Dotson before shooting him and ransacked the home before leaving, said Sgt. Warren Mitchell, a Dallas police spokesman. Investigators said, based on their initial investigation, robbery may have been a motive in the killing.
Neighbors told News 8 Dotson was well-known in the area. After hearing word of the shooting, a crowd of family, friends and neighbors gathered outside the Dotson's house.
"He didn't have a mean bone in his body," said friend Derrick Redmon, who runs a nearby dry cleaning business and says he's known Dotson since he was a kid. "Everybody calling me was upset, because nobody believes it, because he was good guy. You wouldn't have to hurt this man or take anything from him, he would give it to you."
Those sentiments were echoed among other neighbors. Juan Facundo said if his family had a cookout, they'd send a plate over to Dotson. He always repaid the favor.
"And then when he would have a gathering also, he would also send a plate over to us. or just send a cake over," Facundo said.
There have been no arrests in the case. Police said several suspects were seen running from the scene following the shooting. Facundo, who lives next door, said he did not hear any commotion during the crime.