San Diego (KGTV)- The family is devastated after security guard, Ernest "Ernie" Buchanan was shot and killed while working at a homeless shelter in East Village. 10News spoke with his brother, who says Buchanan died doing what he loved, helping and serving others.
The father of 6 and grandfather of 4 was shot outside of the Alpha Project's newest bridge shelter. He worked there since it opened in early November.
"His words was I like my job, I like the hours, and Big Bro things are good."
Brother, Mark Forte, says that that was the last thing Buchanan told him just a day before he was killed.
"So for anybody to shoot him, he wasn't expecting it," says Forte. "He didn't have no issues down there. It was good for him."
This isn't the first time that gun violence has hit the family. Back in June, Buchanan's son Erick was shot while at a party in La Jolla. Forte says he talked to Erick, who is doing great but is now reeling from his father's death.
"He just prays that his dad's soul makes it to heaven."
The family says Buchanan loved to joke and have a good time. He even served as a coach for his son's football teams.
"Him being gone is going to create a huge irreplaceable void."
Forte says he hopes his brother's death sparks change in the community and for individuals to put down the guns. "We must look out for one another, and if we are not looking out for one another, we are failing ourselves."