Richard Gentry had lived all over the place during his life. Sometimes, the wheelchair bound man was homeless, but that looked like it had finally changed for the better, until Tuesday night.
Friends said Gentry was a man trying to put his life on a new path.
"He'd give you the shirt off his back," said Tamara Quinn, who knew the 68-year-old for nearly two years.
Both saw each other at a place called As One Ministries on Airline Road in Gastonia. It's a homeless day shelter.
Quinn said Gentry was excited about an opportunity he had, for a real home of his own.
"He said he had found a place on little avenue that he was moving into with some guy. I guess that was the guy he was moving in with," she said.
Quinn is talking about 33-year-old Brian Hord. He was a man she never met, but she saw him at his bond hearing on Wednesday afternoon.
Gastonia police said on Tuesday night Hord got into an argument with Gentry, hit him in the head with a hammer and killed him. He cut up his body into pieces with a hacksaw and hid them in the apartment. His remains were found in a bedroom, wrapped in plastic.
Police said Hord told his estranged wife about the crime, and she called 911. Police said Hord admitted to the crime, and dismembering Gentry to hide his body.
Hord was denied bond Wednesday. He has several prior convictions, including assault on a female.
Neighbors said they thought the two men were friendly with each other. One even told Channel 9 he thought they were father and son.
Other than a dispute, there's no word on what specifically led up to the killing.