HAMPTON -- The investigation continues in the shooting death of a 79-year-old grandfather and church deacon.
In broad daylight Tuesday, someone shot Clinton Jackson Sr. in his car near 33rd Street and Madison Avenue in Newport News. Jackson was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short while later.
Witnesses told police they saw a man running away from Jackson’s car; authorities believe Jackson may have known his killer.
Jackson was a member and deacon at Goodwill Baptist Church on Catalpa Road in Hampton for more than two decades.
On Wednesday night, church members came together to remember the deacon. Parishioners cried, prayed, hugged and consoled one another.
Another deacon named Rudolph Jones tearfully prayed, “Father God he was a warrior for you he was a magnificent man and he stood. He didn't just talk the talk, he walked the walk.”
Before church members began their bible study, they draped a black cloth over the pew where Jackson sat during service. The minister of the congregation even pointed out how Jackson, who was a former long distance truck driver was responsible for getting a steeple on the church’s original building across the street.
“That steeple been up there some 25-years and because of Deacon Clinton Stonewall Jackson. It's a monument to him, " said the church’s pastor, Reverend Solomon Wooden.
Wooden said years ago, Jackson used his retirement money to have the steeple built as well as double doors for the church building.
Church members and police are asking urging anyone with information about the case to contact authorities immediately.