Lindsey Rogers, WSFA 12 News, August 5, 2016
He was known in many circles in the River Region, and now family and friends are preparing to lay Thomas Shaw Jr. to rest.
The local businessman, and active Republican, lost his life in a robbery at his Montgomery office this week, and many have stepped forward to pay tribute to him.
Friends like Perry Hooper Jr. are holding tight to the good times shared with Shaw, a well-known and well-liked entrepreneur.
“We’d just laugh and cut up and just had so much fun together,” Hooper said. “We’re going to miss Tommy. We love him. He’d do anything for anybody.”
They started the “Stumping for Trump” bus tour, with Shaw at the wheel.
“He’s been involved in Republican politics for a number of years, working with Fob James to Herman Cain, driving these candidates in his motorcoach all over the state of Alabama. He spent so much time working with us, the Trump campaign in Alabama. We started this movement, the Stumping for Trump bus tours and Tommy drove his motorcoach all over, from the Wiregrass to Auburn. We’d pull up with music playing and t-shirts and Tommy loved it,” Hooper said.
It was at his office on Highland Avenue where tragedy struck this week. On August 1st, Shaw was fatally stabbed by a man loved ones say set him up to rob him, knowing Shaw was collecting rent money since it was the first of the month.
Those close to Shaw say he was attacked at night in his car after getting rent payments throughout the day. His attacker then reportedly dragged Shaw’s body away from his vehicle searching unsuccessfully for a place to hide it.
A tenant found Shaw dead the next morning and called police.
MPD’s initial investigation indicated the stabbing stemmed from a robbery attempt, officials confirmed in a press release.
Corwin Walker, 21, of Montgomery, is charged with “Capital Murder of a Person in a Vehicle from Outside the Vehicle.” He is being held without bond in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.