Local family stunned by man's death in Arizona

No known motive in shooting death of Mark Woodruff

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego family is heartbroken and confused after a man was found shot to death in his car in Arizona for no apparent reason.

A devoted family man, 72-year-old Mark Woodruff was fatally shot Tuesday morning in Glendale. His son, Zachary, immediately flew to Arizona from San Diego.

"He was an extremely kind and gentle soul," Zachary Woodruff said.

The victim's sister, Suzi Woodruff Lacey, is a director with the San Diego Salvation Army. She told 10News, "My brother's son called me and said, 'Something terrible has happened. My dad is dead.' and then he said, 'He was murdered.'"

Police in Glendale have found few clues.

Lacey said, "It's just a shocking crime for such a good man to basically be gunned down for no apparent reason."

Police say Woodruff had returned home from his job as night janitor at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Phoenix. It didn't appear to be a robbery or carjacking.

"The house wasn't ransacked, his wallet apparently was still on him, money in it. He was in his car; his car was still running," said Lacey.

Mark Woodruff just visited San Diego on Father's Day weekend.

Lacey remembered, "He and I are silly; so we sat in the back seat, giggling and lots of hugs and never dreamed that would be the night we'd say goodbye forever."

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