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Family remembers Edgewood man murdered in Memphis

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A local family is mourning the loss of their loved one after he was murdered in Memphis over the weekend.

48-year-old Lonnie Ludvigson was shot and killed during an apparent robbery attempt, Memphis Police said.

According to a press release, witnesses saw four men wearing masks in a car approach Ludvigson, who was sitting in his truck.  One of the men got out of the car, armed with a handgun, police said, and pulled Ludvigson from his car, walked him towards the blue vehicle and asked him for money.  Ludvigson got away, witnesses tell police, but he was shot, and declared dead on the scene.  Another witness shot at the suspects, who returned fire, before the four men fled.  Police say no arrests have been made and they still have no suspects.  They say the investigation is still ongoing.

It's also the 12th homicide in the city of Memphis this year, an "unusually high number" they said.

Back in Edgewood, his family is choosing to focus on remembering the man they loved.

Ludvigson was working for U-Ship, a company that allowed him to travel all over the country.  He also kept a number of massage clients, which was his main passion his mother Donna said.  He also ran a barter company.

Donna says he put his full heart into everything he did.

"We just have a lot of memories of his loving touch. His loving, healing touch. And he would never give a massage under an hour and a half, because he wanted to make sure he got all the muscles," she said.

Lonnie was a varied man, Donna said.  He spent time in the U.S. Army as a cook, serving in Desert Storm.  He also attended medical school for a year on the Caribbean Island of Saba and a Chicago medical school for a year.  But then he was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

"We thought we were going to lose him for a time," Donna said. "It was pretty touch and go."

But that was 12 years ago, and he had been cancer free ever since.

His family says it didn't matter what he was doing, he always put others first.

"So, so tender hearted. When he was in Desert Storm. he was with the national guard out of Iowa City. He was in the medical unit, but a cook with the medical unit, but he was a cook in the medical unit, and he could hear the fighting in the distance, the guns going off, and it just bothered him knowing what was happening," Donna said.

She says he was not a man of many things, rather, taking joy in the little things many of us take for granted.

Of course Donna and her family are still struggling to deal with the reality that Lonnie is now gone.

"And you can imagine, just unbelievable what they were telling us," Donna said of the phone call delivering the news that her son was gone. "Unbelievable that Lonnie could've been murdered like that."

But they're working to find peace--something they say Lonnie would've wanted.  Not only for them but everyone in this world.

"If we just tolerate, what a difference that would make," Donna said.

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