Bryan Hurst wasn't perfect, but he certainly didn't deserve to die, according to his aunt, Ann McVay.
The 32-year-old Lee County man was shot to death Tuesday in the home he shared with his girlfriend and her parents on Lee Road 292 in Smiths Station.
Charged with Hurst's murder is 57-year-old Mike Britton. A former Russell County Sheriff's Office deputy, Britton worked with the department from 1992 to 1994, according to sheriff Tommy Boswell.
Tuesday's shooting is believed to be linked to a previous domestic dispute between Hurst and Britton's daughter. The couple, who are not married, have two children together, McVay said. The daughter has a third child from another relationship, but she and Hurst were raising him together, McVay said.
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"Bryan was very very loving," McVay said. "He was a good father. Did he have problems? Yes ma'am he did, but he didn't deserve this."
McVay said Hurst had lived with Britton for 6 years. The two often fought, she said.
"If it was so bad, why did he let him live there?" McVay asked.
Hurst and his girlfriend also feuded. On occasion those fights escalated into physical altercations, McVay said.
"Bryan was not a bad person," she said. "He really was not."