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Krispy Kreme honors longtime employee killed in shooting

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The company bought this ad, which ran in The Tennessean on Wednesday. (WSMV) The company bought this ad, which ran in The Tennessean on Wednesday. (WSMV)
Al Baker was fatally shot while making deliveries early Sunday morning. (WSMV) Al Baker was fatally shot while making deliveries early Sunday morning. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The community is mourning the death of a longtime Krispy Kreme delivery man who was shot while on the job.

On Wednesday morning, Krispy Kreme took out a full-page ad in the newspaper with a list of Al Baker's best attributes.

His colleagues say he always had a smile and a kind word and will always be in their hearts.

The ad in The Tennessean reads:

Always a smile.
Always a kind word.
Always a friend.
Always generous.
Always a hard worker.
Always with coffee in hand.
Always chicken for lunch.
Always said, "yeah, I wanted to give you a heads up."
Always gave of himself.
Always a good man.
Always a best friend to Faye.
Always Big Al.
Always Uncle Pops.
Always a father figure to so many.
Always ready to lend a hand.
Always dedicated.
Always a light in the dark.
Always a smile like the sun.
Always loved.
Always remembered.
Always in our hearts.
Al Baker.

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

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

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. 

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

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

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