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Neighbors in Conway react to murder of music director and son

(WPDE)

Many people who knew 59-year-old Robert Ford and his 25-year-old son Robbie said losing them is a huge loss for the community.

The two men were shot to death outside of their home off Highway 19 in Conway.

Many people who knew the Fords described them as selfless, kind and friends like family.

"I was devastated, it was sad," said Ricky Hardy who lives down the street from the Fords.

"They were great people in the community and it shocked everyone I think," said Brett Roberts, who lives in Aynor.

The elder Ford, simply known as Mr. Robert, for those who knew him said he always went above and beyond to serve his church and his community.

"Every day, they’d take care of their yard, they’d be out on their tractors, they even used to keep up with some of the highway right here, they’d cut it, like I said, they’d bring us some produce and what not, and just real friendly people," said Andrew Snelling who lives in Conway.

Hardy has known the Fords for 37 years. He said he plans to cherish the life lessons Mr. Robert taught him.

"He taught me a little bit about being, doing stuff for other people, you know, and helping other people out and its better to give than receive," said Hardy.

A community forever changed by tragedy, standing together, and many of them said they will be praying for answers.

"I do hope and pray that they catch who done it and the family’s in my thoughts and prayers," said Roberts.

Robert Ford was a legacy member at the Good Hope Baptist Church in Conway, where he served as the choir director for many years.

He’d also just buried his wife, Melda Ford, who died in 2016.

Horry County Police are investigating their deaths as homicides.

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