Former Powhatan Point Mayor Marvin Brown, 73, was shot and killed in a hunting cabin on his property on Powhatan Hill, also known as German Hill, on Monday night.
Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said the case is being considered a homicide.
On Tuesday, residents remembered Brown, and wondered why his life ended in violence. One person said she was literally sick when she found out Brown was murdered.
Marvin Brown was well-known in Powhatan, and had close ties to the community. He was mayor in 1984 and 1985. At the Powhatan American Legion, they remembered the man who was always helpful, and was once their post commander. "He was well liked at the post. He's done a lot for our post. Marvin all in all was a good person. It's a shame what has happened to him. And I hope they catch whoever did it," said resident Dave Tolzda.
As far as the investigation goes, Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said, "We're in the investigative stage, so we're waiting til' we get all the medical and other information back so we can move on this aggressively." Lucas is asking for the public's help, and says one call could help them catch a killer.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Belmont County Sheriff's Department at 740-695-7933 and ask for Detective Ryan Allar. You can also call the Lauttamus Crime Fighters Tip Line at 1-800-223-0312. All calls will remain anonymous.