Friends, family mourn murdered love one, police still search for answers

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Thesign on Cade's Custom Exhaust and Muffler in Opelika still says open as familyand friends gathered Friday night for a candlelight vigil to remember WalterCade Spratlin Jr., 48, who police say was found shot to death in his businessWednesday night.

Spratlin's wife Debra says shewill always love her husband. "He was the happiest person I evermet.  He was never ill, never grouchy, never fussy.  He was justalways happy."

LauraSpratlin says her father inspired her to be just as easy-going and kind-heartedas he was.

"He was the greatest dadyou could ever want.  He hung out with me.  He took time to spendtime with me.  He didn't neglect me at all.  I was a daddy'sgirl," said the victim's daughter.

The mother and daughter areoverwhelmed by the amount of support they have seen from the community. Crowds of people came together Friday night writing notes to Spratlin on amemorial board and laughing over memories of their friend.  Some visitorseven left flowers at the door of his business.

"It means the world to meand my mom that everyone is here, and that they are showing theirrespects.  Even those that are not here, we know that they are praying forus," said Laura.

Investigators are working topiece together what happened Wednesday evening, but they still do not have anysuspects and do not know of a motive.

Spratlin's wife of 22 yearsbegs anyone with information to come forward.

"Please, if you knowanything, please call the police department and let them know," saidDebra.

If you have information in thiscase, you are asked to call Opelika police at 334-705-5263.

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