PD: Phoenix bartender murdered on walk home

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Kevin Ore (Source: Family) Kevin Ore (Source: Family)
(Source: Sara Cylkowski, Kevin's sister) (Source: Sara Cylkowski, Kevin's sister)

Detectives are working to figure out who shot and killed a Phoenix man while he was walking home.

Police said the body of 35-year-old Kevin Ore was found just before dawn on Wednesday near Seventh Street and Northern.

Kevin Ore's father, Michael Ore, told CBS 5 News that his son worked as a bartender at the Rum Runner.

On Wednesday morning he helped a colleague close the bar and was shot while he walked to his home just three blocks away, police said.

Michael Ore said he has known for some time he might lose his son, but he couldn't imagine it would be like this.

A year and a half ago, the 35-year-old was diagnosed with stage four melanoma.

Michael Ore said doctors took a tumor the size of a tennis ball out of his biceps.

"He had just gone through nine months of really horrible chemotherapy and radiation," Michael Ore said.

But since the start of the year, things were looking up. Kevin Ore was in remission and picked up a job as a bartender at Rum Runner.

"He was in a really good place," Michael Ore said. "He was happy. He was full of life."

The night of Kevin Ore's murder, his father said he stopped by the bar.

"There was someone in the bar that wasn't a regular and was kind of drunk so Kevin helped her close," Michael Ore said.

But exactly what happened after he left remains a mystery.

Investigators don't believe this was a robbery. Michael Ore said his son still had money on him.

The passer-by wasn't sure if the person was injured or had passed out, said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump.

Police and fire first responders arrived in the area of 800 E. Las Palaritas and discovered the man had been murdered.

Police are not disclosing the nature of his injuries at this time, Crump said.  

It's not known if the death occurred where the body was found or if the victim had been dropped off at that location, Crump said.

Kevin Ore was last seen at the Rum Runner Bar at 8355 N. Seventh St. at around 2 a.m., Crump said. 

People with any information about the crime are asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377) or 480-TESTIGO.

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