LAKE BUTLER, Fla. – A longtime employee of a Florida trucking company was once very close with his former boss, even described as his right-hand man.
But police say Hubert Allen Jr. drove around Saturday and shot former co-workers and his onetime boss, killing the ex-employer and another man before turning a gun on himself.
On Sunday, residents in this close-knit community near Jacksonville mourned and tried to piece together what happened. Police didn’t release any new details or information on a possible motive.
“Mr. Hubert was a real quiet guy,” said the Rev. Patrick Maxwell of the Victory Christian Center.
“He wasn’t the type who would go around and say, I have a grudge against anyone.”
Allen, 72, didn’t attend the church, but his daughter and grandchildren did. Allen was the step-grandfather of Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller.
Meanwhile, The Buffalo Bills offered Spiller their support over the weekend. Allen played a significant role in Spiller’s life. Spiller considered Nettie Pearl Allen, his late grandmother and Allen’s wife, a bedrock in his life.
“She taught me how to be a man, how to treat women, how to treat your elders, how to be an influence to young people and understanding the spotlight,” Spiller told Buftal News Reporter Tim Graham last week.
“It’s C.J.’s family,” said Bills running back Fred Jackson Saturday. “… I think that’s the No. 1 thing we can do is offer support and let him know that we’re here for him.”