Police are investigating the death of a World War II veteran who was fatally shot in his Canton home.
Investigators said it started as a call for the fire department and when it was over, police found themselves investigating the murder of 87-year-old Bennie Angelo, reported NewsChannel5's Tracy Carloss.
"Once you met him, you never forget him," said Angelo's daughter, Rebecca. "He lives in your heart. He was a hero, a war hero. He gave back more to society than he got and never complained."
Angelo survived Pearl Harbor and helped saves lives during the attack.
Police said he was murdered in his home just before midnight Sunday.
"To face the bullets 65 years ago, to be part of this tragedy that could have been avoided," said family friend Carol Parker-Park. "I think if they would have asked he would have given freely. It's just hard to comprehend how anyone could do a horrid thing to a wonderful man and a hero in my eyes."
Police are now searching for the person who shot Angelo and then set the home on fire.
"This individual found by the fire department, he had been shot several times and it appears the fire was set to cover up the crime," She Sgt. Dane McCartney of the Canton police.
Angelo was a member of the Local VFW, was a Stark County veteran of the year and would have turned 88 this month.
The Canton Fire Department said it looks as though the cause of the fire was arson.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Canton police. Angelo's family is working on establishing a reward for information on the murder.
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