Vigil held for security guard killed in front of homeless shelter

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SAN DIEGO – A candlelight memorial for a security guard who was shot to death Saturday in front of a homeless shelter was held Monday evening.

"He was a beacon of hope for a lot of people," said Charles Foster, who knew Buchanan since he was seven years old. "I don't understand why anybody would do this."

"He's a son, a father, an uncle, a grandpa," said Kelly Davis, a longtime friend. "He was somebody.”

"He was a good person, he was always there making you laugh," another woman said.

The man who was shot was Ernest Buchanan, 44, a father of six, Alpha Project President and CEO Bob McElroy said. Buchanan, who worked at the Alpha Project shelter in East Village, was returning to the shelter at 17th Street and Imperial Avenue around 7:30 p.m. after his dinner break when he was shot several times, McElroy said.

The memorial for Buchanan was held at 6 p.m. at the shelter.

San Diego police had not arrested anyone as of Monday afternoon. They did not provide any updates on the shooting investigation, but they did confirm the name of the victim.

Police have asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the Homicide Unit or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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