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Family and friends attend funeral for murdered pizza delivery driver

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David Matthews, 31, was shot, killed while delivering a pizza in South St. Louis (Credit: KMOV) David Matthews, 31, was shot, killed while delivering a pizza in South St. Louis (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The funeral for a man gunned down while delivering a pizza on the Fourth of July in a south St. Louis City neighborhood took place Thursday afternoon.

Police found 31-year-old Dave Matthews with two gunshot wounds to his neck in the 3900 block of Potomac in south St. Louis. He was conscious and breathing while being transported to the hospital in critical condition.

According to a relative's Facebook page, he was expected to survive but his condition dramatically changed after Matthews suffered a stroke on Saturday and he succumbed to his injuries. 

People close to Matthews said he was loved and respected by those who knew him.

"Everybody around here's still in shock about it. When I tell my customers, they can't believe it," said Matthews' boss, Walter Ray.

Ray is owner of CD Warehouse in south St. Louis County. Matthews worked there full time during the day and delivered pizzas at night. Matthews was supposed to open the store last Thursday, but never showed up.

"I was getting ready to call him and say 'Hey, what's going on?' and one of my former employees, he messaged me and said, 'Did you hear about Dave last night?' I was like, 'Are you kidding me?' I couldn't believe it," Ray said. 

To make extra money, Matthews delivered pizzas for Imo's on Morganford Road. He was making a delivery on the night of the Fourth of July on Potomac when he was shot.

Now, a case once classified as an assault is a homicide investigation.

"He was a genuine guy, would do anything for anyone," Ray said. "The customers loved him. He was great at customer service. He would just go the extra mile for anybody. Just an all-around great guy."

Loved ones set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for his funeral arrangements. 

Those who knew Matthews told News 4 he loved music and played the guitar. He liked the outdoors and animals, and they said he would have given the shirt off his back to anyone in need.

"I'm still in shock that all of this has happened. It's just senseless over nothing," Ray said. 

Family, friends and police are all urging anyone who may have seen or heard anything just before midnight on July 4th, to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477). They could earn a reward.

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