WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Friends say when a strange man showed up on Annie Ruth Mack's doorstep asking to see her son, Mack told him he wasn't home.
Reports say that is when the man kicked in the door and shot Mack in the head. Friends say Mack died trying to protect her son who was in the home at the time of her murder.
"Mrs. Mack was one of those people you could not help but love, a Christian woman very family oriented and family first," said Gwendolyn Fair.
Fair is a longtime friend of Mack's and neighbor of 25 years. Fair says Mack spent most of her 60 years of life devoted to helping others.
According to the Colleton County School District, Mack had been employed with the school system since 1974.
Mack held several jobs with the school district including being a special needs bus driver.
Fair says Mack's death has been a shock to the community.
"Considering all that this little neighborhood and this community as a whole has gone through this is devastating," Fair said.
Mack's Facebook page is filled with inspirational messages and sayings.
Mack's favorite quote reads, "If I can help somebody along the way, then my living will not be in vain."
In the end, Mack died protecting her home and the ones she loved.