News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012
LINCONLTON, Ga. -- He lived a little ways out into the country. Out there, neighbors say they're more like family.
"It was a family here, both sides of the road, and they're one of our family. And when we lose one, it's terrible. It's like we lose a child of our own," neighbor Tim Price said. "Don't know the motive behind it, don't care, but we just lost a good neighbor and a good friend."
Grooms and his wife, Linda, had just built a brand new house. Neighbors say he only got to live in it for about a month.
The shock of what happened is still setting in for a woman who's lived next door for 12 years.
“It was terrible. I was watching the news and I couldn't believe he said Tim Grooms. If there was anything bad about him, no one knew about it," said longtime next-door neighbor Midge Gracey.
Neighbors say Grooms was a plumber and turned down another job just so he could stay and take care of his aunt.
They say they're even more shocked that police say he was shot by his own uncle. No one has any insight as to why.
Grooms leaves behind a wife and two kids. So far, no funeral arrangements have been made.
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