Police said Page and Ponce-Martinez didn’t know each other prior to the incident. Ponce-Martinez moved to the Georgia town from Mexico three months ago and was renting a room at the house. It’s unclear if he was in the United States legally.

The motive for the murder is unclear.

Nancy Jones, a friend, told FOX5 the 70-year-old was “dearly loved.”

Page’s grandson Bobby Austin also told WSB-TV that his grandfather’s personality was “priceless.”

“Even if you weren’t related to him, if he saw that you were a younger nice person, he would say, ‘You’re my grandson or granddaughter’ or, ‘You’re my son or daughter,’ something like that. He was a very [embracing] person…and to go in such a tragic way, it just hit us all really hard at the moment,” Austin said.