Shooting victim was 'rock of the family'


by Natalie Brand

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 1:14 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Valley family is desperate for answers in the shooting death of 50-year-old Douglas Elliott.

Elliott was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Glendale apartment complex, where he worked as a maintenance man.

Police have not identified any suspects or a motive in the crime.

“We don’t know why somebody would do this to our dad,” Douglas Elliott Jr. said Thursday. “We just want answers. There’s nothing worse than having your father taken from you but nobody knows why.”

Elliott left behind a wife, three grown sons, three grandchildren, and a large extended family.

Family members described him as the “rock of the family.”

“He was a superhero,” Douglas Elliott Jr. said. “It didn’t matter if you were a stranger; if you needed help, he was going to help you. That's just who he was. He'd be the first person to go without, so you could have something.”

Douglas Elliott's daughter-in-law, Ashley Elliott, said he was looking forward to meeting her unborn son -- his fourth grandchild -- who is due around Christmas.

She said it is hard to avoid imagining the holidays without him.

“You don’t ever want to experience anything like this,” Douglas Elliott Jr. said.

The Elliotts say they cannot grieve until the suspects are caught.

Witnesses reported seeing two Black adult men leaving the property near Bethany Home Road and 65th Avenue in a black, older model Cadillac sedan.

The apartment complex reportedly was packed with residents when the crime occurred.

Glendale police are asking the public to help identify the suspects.

“Why would you do that?” asked Brandon Elliott, one of Douglas Elliott's sons. “Just a cold-hearted, senseless crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3399 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.