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From left to right: Jean Warner, Beverly Crowell and Mary Fleet reflect on the life of their brother, Joseph Walker. ((CBC))

The sisters of a Lower Sackville, N.S., murder victim say their brother was a kind, generous and funny man.

"He's up in heaven with the angels now," said Mary Fleet, of her brother, Joseph Walker.

The 76-year-old's body was found by police in an apartment at 70 Cobequid Road just after midnight on Friday.

A bloody trail led officers to a local cemetery where a suspect was chased down and a weapon was found. Nicolas Edward White, 24, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

"It was really bad knowing that he had to go like that," said Beverly Crowell. "I never, ever thought he would go like that."

The sisters described Walker as a kind grandfather, who walked with a cane and wore a cowboy hat.

People liked him because even though he didn't have much, he was generous, said Jean Warner.

"If you came and you said, 'Well, I'd like to have a TV and I can't afford it' if he had one, he would give it to you," said Warner.

During White's court appearance on Monday, the sisters — Fleet, Crowell and Warner — sat in the front row in the courtroom.

They said they do not know if Walker and the accused were friends and could not think of a possible motive.

"When I saw [White] in court, I just couldn't take my eyes off him," said Warner.

"I can't make sense of it," Fleet added. "I can't in the life of me ever wonder why he would ever want to hurt him."