PHOENIX - Jeff Bellemare died protecting others.
"He loved his work as a security officer," said his wife Karan Bellemare.
A security guard at Graybriar Condos in Maryvale, Jeff patrolled the complex on his bicycle unarmed.
His wife, Karan, knew the dangers her husband faced every night, but never expected she'd lose him.
"Somebody knocking on your door and telling you he's not coming home," said Karan of the moment she learned her husband had been killed. "I apparently screamed loud enough for neighbors to hear at the other end of the cul-de-sac."
Phoenix police say it was just after one in the morning when Jeff was gunned down on his bicycle. Residents of the complex thought of him as a friend.
"He knew everybody, he was nice to everybody," said one neighbor. "If there was a problem he'd mellow it out."
The reason for the shooting is still unclear. His family can't believe he's gone.
"Just an utter nightmare," said his sister-in-law Kathryn Velotta.
"It's unreal," said John Velotta. "I feel like someone's taken something away from us, and we're in this bubble and we can't get back."
"He really was a great dad," said his son Kyle Bellemare. "He truly was one of the best men I knew."
Witnesses tell ABC15 they saw two guys take off in a light-colored sedan with damage to the driver's side fender. If you have information about this case, please contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
A memorial fund has been set up in Jeffery Bellemare's name at Chase bank to help the family with expenses.