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Retired Bubba Burger executive murdered

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Updated: 9/11/2012 11:41 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Friends of 49-year-old Richard Hollis say he was an amazing man who truly cared about others. "He was just such a wonderful guy and it's really sad that something to that effect happened to a guy like Richard," says friend Scott Marabell.
        
Hollis was driving to Raleigh, North Carolina Monday morning to visit his brother. He pulled off of I-95 in Georgia to change a flat tire. Investigators say he was shot and killed. When they found him, the only thing missing was his wallet. "When I found out yesterday my stomach was in my throat," says Marabell. 
       
Scott Marabell was one of Hollis' close friends. He says, "Richard would've given the guy his car, he would've taken his credit card and said lets go buy what ever you want to buy. his phone. If the guy asked for it, he would've given it to him. Say here's the shirt off my back, whatever you need, take it."
        
Hollis was also a big supporter of Wolfson High School baseball. his son Jordan was on the team. "If it was new batting cages we had them, if it was we needed money to go on a road trip, he had it. He was just a wonderful guy and did so much for our program," says Marabell.
        
Hollis retired a month ago from his executive position at Jacksonville Bubba Burgers. Marabell says he was thoroughly enjoying this new chapter of life. "He picked up a few more hobbies. One of them I hear was cooking. And that's hard to believe because he couldn't cook one of those Bubba Burgers he used to make," he says.
        
Marabell says he will never forget his friend. "He was one of the most giving and down to earth guys I ever met in my life and he's going to be dearly missed," he says.
        
If you have any information that can help find the killer, police want to hear from you. You can make an anonymous call to crime stoppers at one-866-845-tips. You could get a cash reward.
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ScorpioJax66 - 9/12/2012 5:38 AM
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You are never going to find very detailed information on a TV News website. They make money off providing quick sound bites. There is no money to be made from writing detail stories just to be posted on a website.

Eddie - 9/11/2012 10:18 PM
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Richard was a devoted father, husband and best friend of his son "Jordie". Richard was responsible shaping and mentoring so many young men/athletes in the Jacksonville area. Rhonda lost a loving soul mate, Jordie lost his best friend and #1 fan but those of us that had our lives impacted just by knowing and loving Richard have also lost a little piece of ourselves. Our familys prayers are with you, the Hollis family, as you take on such a heavy burden with dealing with this untimely tragedy.I speak for so many familys when I say, Thank you Rhonda and Jordie for sharing such a wonderful and giving person with the many familys that had the honor to know and share our lives and memories with. God Spead Richard. E. Bounds

Gunny48 - 9/11/2012 9:00 PM
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Actually robbery in these situations is pretty common but a lot of times it is a "helpless" individual on the side of the road next to a car that has someone waiting out of sight. When you stop to help you become a victim. In this particular case they stop to "help" & rob the individual who obviously cannot give chase. I agree more info needed. Signs of struggle? Cold-blooded execution? Cell phone missing/used(Another reason to carry concealed everywhere 24/7)

nativejax - 9/11/2012 8:57 PM
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Not normally, but remember Michael Jordan's Dad? It happens more than we care to know...sorry azz thugs, hope who ever did this trips up too and gets caught soon.

Realchange - 9/11/2012 5:31 PM
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Suspicious. Most people don't get shot for no reason on the side of the highway and robbed while changing their tire. More information is needed like what time day or night was it. Has there been similar robberies on I-95 recently? What kind car was he driving at the time of the murder? All these thing would help people picture whats going on with the story better.
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