Search continues for neighborhood handyman killer

By WBRC staff

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham homicide detectives were trying Friday afternoon to determine who killed a neighborhood handyman early Friday morning.

The body of Clarence Bandy, 49, was found around 7:30 a.m. in his home behind 1812 13th Way Southwest.  Neighbors said a man went to Bandy's home to ask him to help with a job and found his body in the doorway.

Police said Bandy died of a blow to the head.  Investigators were waiting for the Medical Examiner's report to determine the exact cause of death.

Neighbors were shocked to learn Bandy had been killed.  They told FOX6 News he was someone they could count on to help anyone with anything.

"He didn't bother anyone," said Elizabeth Brandy. "As far as I know, he didn't bother anyone. He wouldn't do any harm to anyone."

William Avery said Bandy worked on cars, mowed grass and was a brilliant fence man who did work for many in the community.   "

"If you came and got Peanut to do a job, if he didn't know, he'd tell you, but there wasn't much he didn't know how to do," Avery said.

Avery was not married and did not have children.  He was the youngest of eight brothers and sisters.

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