Man found shot dead in Knoxville park was Katrina evacuee

Man found shot dead in Knoxville park was Katrina evacuee

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Conrad Wise (Source: family) Conrad Wise (Source: family)
"He never bothered anybody. All he did was go to the store everyday and come back home," said his brother, George Martin. "He never bothered anybody. All he did was go to the store everyday and come back home," said his brother, George Martin.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Hurricane Katrina evacuee has now been identified as the man shot to death in a Knoxville park.

Conrad Wise was found dead Thursday morning on a path through Malcolm Martin Park near Knoxville College. He was carrying home groceries from a nearby store.

Several members of his family fled New Orleans for Knoxville back in 2005 when their homes were destroyed by Katrina. They settled in the Western Heights housing development, about a 15-minute walk from the Food City where Wise bought groceries nearly every day.

"He never bothered anybody. All he did was go to the store everyday and come back home," said his brother, George Martin. "He had a backpack that he'd put his groceries in. I figured somebody probably thought he had something valuable in there and robbed him."

Martin had made the same walk past the CAC Beardsley Community Farm with his brother many times before.

"The people from CAC will let you come over and pick greens and stuff like that so I used go over there all the time to get seeds for the garden. It didn't seem dangerous at all," he said.

Wise leaves behind two teenage children - a boy and a girl. Temporary custody has been given to a Knox County sheriff's deputy who Martin said has been a mentor to them since their mother died in 2009. 

"I just hope they catch whoever did that to him because he really didn't deserve that. He was a really good guy," he said.

Knoxville police are still searching for the shooter. If you have any information call 865-215-7212. You can remain anonymous.

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