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Public Works Employee Killed In Atlantic City Home Invasion

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -

A man was found dead in his home Friday morning after a friend called 9-1-1 to say he found the body.

The murder happened along the 1000 block of North Ohio Avenue in a quiet neighborhood that is shocked, including the mayor, who lives around the corner.

FOX 29's Dave Kinchen spoke with friends and family and reported live Friday night from Atlantic City.

Family members of 49-year-old Thomas Polk are stunned by his murder.

They gathered as Atlantic City police and investigators from the prosecutor's office combed through his row home on North Ohio Street, where he was killed.

Authorities say Polk was shot several times after someone broke into the house through the back.

His niece is in shock.

"It's a very tragic situation, very tragic," Mia Bailey said.

Of her uncle, Bailey added, "He was a good guy. He worked. He was married to my aunt. He loved my aunt."

Police were called to the scene Friday morning after a friend found Polk's body.

Co-workers in Atlantic City's Public Works Department also grew concerned after he did not show up for his shift. Friends say that wasn't like him.

"He went to work every day," said Larry Wilson, a friend of the victim. "He went to church. He would ride his bike. He would speak to people. He would wave. Tommy was the type of guy that would help anybody."

"He's a good guy, man – hard worker," another man said.

Family members say Polk's SUV is missing as well.

Now, as investigators search for clues, his friends and family have their own search for answers.

"I just can't understand why somebody would brutally – he didn't deserve it," Wilson said.

"Hopefully, you know, justice will be served," said another friend.

Kinchen reported that no arrests have been made.

This is the second time tragedy has struck the family. Polk's wife passed away suddenly just two months ago.

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