70-year-old man found murdered inside his home

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – An elderly man was found shot to death inside his home on Buffalo’s east side, but no one has been arrested for his murder.

Robert Bennett, Sr. was a Vietnam veteran who spent more than 20 years serving in the U.S. Army.

His daughter, Geri Gilmore, said, “It’s still a big shock.”

She can’t figure out why someone murdered her 70-year-old father. His body was discovered in the morning on March 29 inside of his home on C Street off Fillmore.

His nephew, Keith Pitner, said, “A monster came in here and a shot a 70-year-old man in the face, sitting right on his couch in his own home.”

Gilmore said, “He could barely walk, he walked with a cane.”

His family says Bennett was a trusting man who usually left his front door unlocked.

“He’s known for having a pickup truck. Through the course of his life, anybody under 70-years-old, he’s moved them at one time like the neighborhood U-Haul man,” Pitner said.

Gilmore added, “You know he was a trusting man. He would help people. He was fun-loving person. He wanted to have fun and talk stuff to people and everything but he never bothered anybody.”

When his body was found, his wallet and cell phone were missing. A relative called his cell phone hours later and someone else answered. When the relative asked if he could speak to Bob, the person said he wasn’t available and hung up.

That’s about all this family knows about the killer.

“My dad is gone over whatever little they may have gotten,” Gilmore said.

Pitner added, “You know this is not some bad drug deal gone bad or something. This is a man that fought for this country, that loved the people that he lived around, and the way I see it, the same people that he loved and fought for and to be able to have the freedom in this country killed him.”

Police believe Bennett was murder late at night on March 28 or early the next morning. Anyone with information should call the confidential tipline at 847-2255.

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