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Murdered security guard was decorated Korean War vet

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

A heartless killer remains on the loose after gunning down an elderly security guard in the parking lot of the Victory Way Assembly Church in Detroit last week.  Meanwhile, we're learning more about the victim.  84-year-old Joseph Lewis, Junior was a Korean War veteran, who taught his children about the value of hard work.

"We were raised to love our country.  We were raised to love people, and he taught us to serve people," said Anthony Lewis.

He is reflecting on his father's life as he prepares to bury his dad.

"He spent 55 years of security work mostly protecting the church from the cars being stolen and whatnot, so he was really doing God's work and he loved doing it."

However, his father was more than a security guard.  Awarded a Bronze Star for his service in the Korean War, he also had three children, two of whom work at Henry Ford Hospital and were at the hospital when their father was brought in.  Anthony was in Jacksonville.

"I got a text message from someone else saying that my father was shot and that it didn't look good.  About two seconds later, my sister called me back and said that he was dead."

Anthony, who served in the army for many years, says his father taught them all the value of hard work.  He was a true patriot.

"He never referred to himself as an African-American or a black man or a colored man.  He taught us that we were Americans."

Anthony is proud of the legacy his father leaves behind, and he's asking two young men seen running from the murder scene to stand up and do what's right.

"You made a mistake.  I'm not angry with you.  You took my father, but you should go and turn yourself in.  That's the right thing to do."

Visitation for Joseph Lewis, Junior is Thursday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the O.H. Pye Funeral Home in Detroit.  The funeral is 12:30 p.m. Friday at the same funeral home.

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