Kevin Ore update: Family, co-workers devastated by man's murder

PHOENIX - As police look for a killer, co-workers of a man found dead on a Phoenix street Wednesday morning say they’re still trying to wrap their heads around the loss.

Kevin Ore’s body was found by a passerby near 7th Street and Dunlap Avenue around 6 a.m.

Ore, 35, was a bartender in the area and was last seen leaving the Rum Runner around 2 a.m.

An employee at the bar told ABC15 Ore had only worked there for about a month and said he was a team player.

“It’s a little hard to comprehend, I guess,” Robert Thompson said. “You don’t expect somebody you know to get murdered, you know?”

In fact Ore was actually covering someone else’s shift on Tuesday night.

Ore decided to stay late to make sure a female bartender got home safely. He doesn’t live far from the bar and decided to walk home, the co-worker said.

Ore’s father and stepmother told ABC15 there’s a hole in their souls right now.

They said the job at the bar symbolized a new chapter in his life.

Michael Ore said his son beat the cancer he was diagnosed with a year-and-a-half ago, stage four melanoma.

"He had a new lease on life," Michael said. "He was just full of life."

His stepmother, Patricia, said Kevin had a great sense of humor and was very kind and loving.

Kevin's father hopes justice will be served.

"I'm not saying I want that person killed or tortured, if you killed 100 people or a thousand people, my son's still dead," Michael said.

Police continue to investigate the murder and urge anyone with information to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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