One year since cigar salesman found shot and burned - | WBTV Charlotte

One year since cigar salesman found shot and burned

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Three murders, only four days apart and the crimes shocked the Valley.

Saturday marks one year since that string of deaths started that included Bruce Gaudet, and Glenna and Lawrence Shapiro.

One of the victims, Gaudet, was known as the "Cigar Guy" and his family is asking that everyone light a cigar in his memory.

If you walk into nearly any cigar shop in the Valley and mention Gaudet's name, chances are someone will know who you are talking about.

"It was a year ago today," said Rick Hopkins, owner of Ye Olde Pipe & Tobacco Shoppe in Phoenix. "We all knew Bruce not only as a cigar rep, but as a person."

Hopkins at said he knew Gaudet for over a decade, probably longer than any other cigar store owner in the Valley.

"You'd say 'Bruce, how you doing?' And his line was always the same. He'd say, 'Living another day in paradise,'" said Hopkins.

But Saturday was far from paradise for his family in Las Vegas.

"He would help others all the time, his big smile," said his daughter Jessica Gaudet talking about what she remembered about her father.

Gaudet was found shot to death inside his Phoenix condo near 16th Street and Maryland Avenue.

The home was also set on fire.

Only four days later, a Paradise Valley couple, Glenna and Lawrence Shapiro were found tied up in their burned home.

One suspect connected to both crimes, Michael Crane, is behind bars. But Gaudet's family is asking that Saturday be about his memory.

"We are just asking to maybe light up a cigar. If you don't smoke, then just light up a cigar so maybe in heaven he can be smoking it," said Jessica Gaudet.

"I will smoke a cigar, one that Bruce and I particularly enjoyed together that we will smoke later on today," said Hopkins.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Forever Family: Meet Nasharra

    Forever Family: Meet Nasharra

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 11:22 PM EST2018-02-21 04:22:19 GMT

    This week’s Forever Family Angel who is hoping a family will come along and adopt her is Nasharra!  Every child I meet is unique and Nasharra is special. This young lady struck me as someone who is focused on the things that are important to her advancement. 

    More >>

    This week’s Forever Family Angel who is hoping a family will come along and adopt her is Nasharra!  Every child I meet is unique and Nasharra is special. This young lady struck me as someone who is focused on the things that are important to her advancement. 

    More >>
  • County leaders reach agreement for policing of unincorporated areas

    County leaders reach agreement for policing of unincorporated areas

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:55 PM EST2018-02-21 03:55:16 GMT
    (Amanda Foster | WBTV)(Amanda Foster | WBTV)

    Mecklenburg County leaders reached an agreement Tuesday over who will police some of the county’s unincorporated areas. County leaders approved a 5-year extension with CMPD to police some of what they call “extra-territorial jurisdictions” or ETJ’s. 

    More >>

    Mecklenburg County leaders reached an agreement Tuesday over who will police some of the county’s unincorporated areas. County leaders approved a 5-year extension with CMPD to police some of what they call “extra-territorial jurisdictions” or ETJ’s. 

    More >>
  • Charlotte gun store owner speaks on POTUS' gun memorandum

    Charlotte gun store owner speaks on POTUS' gun memorandum

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 9:39 PM EST2018-02-21 02:39:28 GMT
    (WBTV file photo)(WBTV file photo)

    Tuesday afternoon President Donald Trump announced he had signed a memorandum directing the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. 

    More >>

    Tuesday afternoon President Donald Trump announced he had signed a memorandum directing the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly