Family and friends honor admired pastor shot while helping a friend

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former pastor murdered a week ago was remembered Friday night by family and friends.

Thomas Dean, 58, was shot Saturday afternoon, June 29th, in the Waldo area on 78th Street near Wornall.

Court documents reveal witnesses told police Dean was having a conversation, which some witnesses described as an argument, with the driver of a car that had pulled up to the driveway.

Witnesses said a California man, 37-year-old David Allen, was a passenger in the car. They told police Allen got out of the car, walked towards Dean and pulled a .38 caliber handgun from his waist and shot Dean.

Police said Allen took off running, but was found a few blocks away with the gun in his pants pocket near a park on 84th Street.

Friday night, a group gathered at 103rd and State Line to remember Dean.

"With that shock wearing off... there's been a definite moments of tears and sadness for everybody, so it's just a matter of banding together like we always do and pulling each other up and making sure everybody's okay," xx said.

Dean was also a husband, father and grandfather to many.  His family said he gave his time and energy despite his ailing health.

"If it was within his power to drop whatever he was doing he would do it.  Didn't matter if he was physically supposed to be doing it or not. He would," Dean's son said.

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