Homicide victim remembered as quiet, amicable

2013-11-05T13:20:00Z 2013-11-06T16:22:14Z Homicide victim remembered as quiet, amicableChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
November 05, 2013 1:20 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Andrew Fugate was a quiet and friendly man who had no enemies, his family said Tuesday.

"He didn't have an aggressive bone in his body," Fugate's brother-in-law Tony Parma told The Times.

Because of his amicable personality, Fugate's family is struggling to understand why the 27-year-old Hobart man was shot to death Monday morning while working at Merrillville's Piatak Meats, 6200 Broadway.

"It's just really hard to handle," Parma said.

Robert Byrd, spokesman for the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force, said investigators have received numerous tips in the case. Detectives continue following all leads, but there were no suspects in custody as of Tuesday afternoon.

Fugate arrived for work about 4 a.m. Monday, police said. A store manager found Fugate's body on the store's cooler floor when the manager arrived at the business about 7 a.m., police said.

Police haven't revealed the number of times Fugate was shot or where he suffered the gunshot wounds. Byrd said that information is a "key source to the investigation."

Police said there is evidence indicating a burglary at the business, but nothing has been reported stolen.

On Monday, police questioned several people of interest, Byrd said. Detectives also interviewed Fugate's family and current and past Piatak employees.

Fugate was employed at Piatak Meats for about 10 years, and his father is a part owner of the business, police said.

Parma said Fugate enjoyed working early hours at Piatak because he could finish his work day early enough to "go out and live."

Parma said Fugate could accomplish anything he focused on in life, but he didn't need to have a lavish lifestyle to be happy.

"His world was small," Parma said. "That was the beautiful thing about Andrew."

Anyone with information about the shooting death is asked to call Robert Wiley, Merrillville's chief of detectives, at (219) 769-3531.

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