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Man known as Mr. Penny suffering from gunshot wound

Mr. Penny is known for his famous biceps and for entertaining Auburn Tiger fans at each game. Whenever Auburn made a good play, Mr. Penny did pushups. Mr. Penny is known for his famous biceps and for entertaining Auburn Tiger fans at each game. Whenever Auburn made a good play, Mr. Penny did pushups.
A memorial was set up overnight for Mr. Penny at the crosswalk where he would each day help children cross the street to get to school. A memorial was set up overnight for Mr. Penny at the crosswalk where he would each day help children cross the street to get to school.

Mr. Penny always seemed to be man with a smile on his face and an Auburn song in his heart.

You might have seen him doing pushups every time Auburn scored on the football field.

He's been employed at Dean Road Elementary School for 37 years, helping generations of kids cross the street safely.

School officials thought it strange when Mr. Penny called out of work Monday morning, but by the time they tracked him down, it was too late.

The Auburn City Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Terry Jenkins had no idea something like this would happen.

"Mr. Penny always gave the impression that he was one of the happiest people you'll ever meet. Children, adults, coworkers, board members, whatever, will tell you that when you see Mr. Penny, he always has a smile on his face," said Jenkins.

Even his neighbors and lifelong friends didn't know of anything being wrong.

"My wife was on the porch and she heard a shot, we didn't think nothing of it," said childhood friend Spencer Oliver. "A few minutes later, there were a lot of police cars and everything so, that's when we knew about it."

The children who see Mr. Penny every day are some of the most concerned, asking questions without good answers.

"But it all comes down to the question of how is he? Why? You know, you can't answer those kinds of things. But the children are extremely concerned," Jenkins said.

Regardless of what happens, Mr. Penny will always be known and remembered as a huge fan with a big heart.

The school raised money to send Mr. Penny to the national championship game last year.

During that season, he did over 9,000 pushups.

A memorial was set up overnight for Mr. Penny at the crosswalk where he would each day help children cross the street to get to school. Candles, flowers and notes were placed by students and their families. 

Mr. Penny remains in critical condition at the East Alabama Medical Center.

You can share your memory of him on the Facebook page Praying for Mr. Penny. 

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