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Family remembers dedicated Krispy Kreme driver killed on job

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Al Baker was fatally shot while making deliveries early Sunday morning. (WSMV) Al Baker was fatally shot while making deliveries early Sunday morning. (WSMV)
Al Baker's family is now searching for answers and pleading for justice. (WSMV) Al Baker's family is now searching for answers and pleading for justice. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Al Baker's family said he had a smile as bright as the sun. One thing that made that smile brighter was his family and working for Krispy Kreme.

"He loved his job," his granddaughter said. "He loved Krispy Kreme. He loved giving out doughnuts."

Baker, 61, had worked for Krispy Kreme for more than 31 years as a manager and delivery man.

His granddaughter, Briana Benjamin, recalled how dedicated he was to the job.

"He would work on the schedules, even on his days off for other people who worked for Krispy Kreme," Benjamin said. "He really took out a lot of time. He shined his shoes before he went to work. He took a lot of pride in where he worked."

His wife, Martha Faye Baker said her husband's family and friends called him "the original doughnut man" because he did the job so well for so long, and everyone knew him at local stores.

"He just wanted to work until July 27, and that would give him 32 years and he would get his diamond ring," Martha Faye Baker said. "He's already got an emerald. He's already got a Krispy Kreme watch, cameras and plaques."

But his time on the job came to a tragic end Sunday around 1:50 a.m.

Al Baker pulled up to the Mapco gas station on the 400 block of Donelson Pike while a man was robbing the store clerk at gunpoint. When the gunman walked out, he saw Al Baker sitting in his parked truck and shot him several times.

Al Baker drove off, but only made it a few blocks. He pulled into a Walgreens down the street, came to a stop, and then rolled into a front column of the building and died. 

Al Baker's family said he had gone in early that day so he could get off in time for church.

"He said, ‘If I can go early, I can get off and it will seem like I've been off for two days, and I can spend time with my family and my friends and I can go to church.’ That was his main goal was to goal to church and pay his tithes and offerings," his wife said.

His family said he loved singing in the male chorus at Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church. He was also looking forward to a family trip at Christmas that will now never happen.

"It's like a nightmare," Martha Faye Baker said. "It's unbelievable. I'm going to truly miss him because he's not only a dedicated person on the job, he was a dedicated husband, too."

Teresa Edmonds, Al Baker's niece, said they crime was senseless.

"Uncle Al did not deserve this, and we want justice," Edmonds said. "We want justice."

Krispy Kreme released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened about the senseless death of Al Baker, an important member of the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts team for 31 years. Our thoughts and hearts go out to his family, friends and coworkers. We continue to work with the local authorities throughout this investigation.

Metro police said the suspect fled on foot toward Allen Road. They believe he had a getaway vehicle nearby. He is described as a black man, around 6’ tall with a thin build. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with NIKE in orange letters on the front, tan cargo pants and white shoes, during the crime.

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