GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Around a dozen people gathered Tuesday night to remember a man who they say was more than a security guard.
Investigators say John Cain was killed in a murder-suicide at a motel in Wyoming.
Matt Witkos gives you a closer look at a vigil held for him in his honor.
John Cain loved coaching football with the Grand Rapids Thunder.
"John was a football head defensive coordinator. But above all that he was a father. He was a good man...He helped me out a lot that game and we end up having a really good game and quite a few touchdowns," lifelong friend Beaux Matthias said.
Friends say, the 38-year-old's actions carried well off the gridiron.
“John had a lot to do with pushing me in the right direction,” Matthias told FOX17.
Cain was a pillar of the community and was cut down too soon. Wyoming police say he was responding to an unruly guest at the Grand Rapids Inn off 28th street Monday night.
Detectives say that’s when 21-year-old Jacob Grygorzyk, shot Cain point blank with a handgun and then turned the gun on himself.
We're told, Grygorzyk's mother is the one who found him.
At a small vigil at Briggs Park Tuesday night, Matthias talked about how much John cared for his community and everyone in it.
"The end of his life doesn't determine how he lived," Matthias said. “Everybody here we love him very much. I am speaking for myself. But when I say this, we all loved him very much. “
There's a GoFundMe to raise money for Cain's funeral.