Authorities are investigating the city's 16th homicide this year.
"Still in shock, I just can't believe it."
Dawn Bailey could barely hold back her tears on Friday morning, after learning that her stepfather, 49-year-old Thomas Polk was shot to death inside of his Atlantic City home.
"I don't know why they would have taken him the way he did," Said Bailey. "It's a shame."
"I don't even know what to say. Honestly I don't," said the victim's niece, Mia Bailey.
Authorities say the shooting happened overnight on the 1000 block of Ohio Avenue.
This is when they say Polk was shot multiple times, leaving blood all over the home.
"Unbelievable, total shock," said Mia Bailey. "Never would have expected anything like this to happen."
Polk worked at the city's Public Works Department where co-workers say they began to worry after he did not show up for work on Thursday.
And now that they know what happened they are looking for answers.
"Whatever happened hopefully justice will be served. But no body deserved to go out that way," said co-worker, Tyron Muhammad.
Family and friends gathered at the scene to remember the man they love.
They say the tragedy is even harder to understand after losing Polk's wife only a short while ago.
"He was a loving person. He loved my mother. I don't know who could have done this to him. My mother just passed away. And he was still grieving himself," said Dawn Bailey.
"Senseless murder is always hard to understand. What sense is it? Always hard to understand," said Muhammad. "But things happen and you have to keep moving on."
And that's what everyone say's they are trying to do. Move on from his death and hold on to the kind and loving man they say he was.
"He was greatly loved, and will be missed," said friend Jamal English.
"He was a good man. A real standup guy who loved my aunt a lot. A real good guy,"
At this time no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office at 609-909-7666.