CHICAGO -- Lanique Ford went to the apartment of her favorite neighbor- and found him bleeding.
"I came and saw him laying on the floor. I wiped him off and tried to give him CPR. Another lady came and tried to resuscitate him," Ford said.
62-year-old Gene Williams had been stabbed several times in the abdomen.
"He was out, and I was slapping him. I said 'get up, Gene! Get up, Gene! Get up, Gene!'" Ford recalls.
It was too late. Their friend, who never had kids of his own but looked after the kids of all of his neighbors, was pronounced dead in his apartment at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Williams seemed to be well-loved by everyone in the building on the 3600 block of South Lake Park where he’d lived for 30 years
"He was a great man. He helped everyone. He never turned his back on no one. Gene was the captain of the building,” Ford said. “Anybody who needed anything from him, they would come to Gene. They would knock on Gene's door.”
Gene's door on the 10th floor is where friends have left memories, putting their prayers for him on posters.
"We were just like family, all of us in this little area. We used to be up in the morning talking. Sometimes he would take somebody someplace. Any way he could help you, he would do that," said neighborCallie Williams.
Why this happened, no one understands. Gene Williams was loved, they say, by everyone he knew.
"You just couldn't do this to this man. He loved the kids. He just did anything for anybody," Ford said.
Building management did not respond to questions about the murder, surveillance video, or building security. Police are investigating.