DINWDDIE - Many people in Dinwiddie have stories of Carter Northington, and news of his murder has rocked the community.
"He was always smiling...walking around...talking to people...feeding the birds and cats, picking up cats," says Tony Garris. "He was just a darling of a man."
On Monday evening, Northington was found in the yard of a vacant home along Cox Road just a few miles away from where he often walked to Food Lion.
The Sheriff's Office says he had blunt force trauma to his head and died from those injuries the next day. Investigators were back out searching the area for clues.
Meanwhile, people like Lisa Hawkins, who grew up in Dinwiddie, are remembering "The Can Man." People say he kept to himself, and had the same routine of picking up cans every week to earn some extra cash.
"I can't imagine that someone that knows him would have done this," she says. "Because everyone that knows him knows he didn't bother anyone."
Hawkins has helped organize a candlelight vigil in Northington's honor. She's also helping collect cans to assist with his funeral expenses.
"We're just going to light candles and remember him and pay our respects to him," she says. "Everyone is furious… classmates I went to school with... everyone on Facebook...everyone is just furious...they want to know who did this."
The Dinwiddie Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to come forward. Call Crime Solvers at 861-1212.
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