Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police said Jerry Moore, 46, was found dead at about 6:30 p.m. Monday in his home on the corner of Gracewood Drive and Holly Springs Road.
A neighbor called police Monday to report that Moore’s front door was left open.
Pierce said there appeared to have been a struggle inside the home, resulting in Moore being stabbed multiple times.
“It was a very graphic crime scene,” Pierce said.
Cobb Police would not speculate if Moore knew his killer.
Moore had been buying and selling items on eBay, Pierce said.
Cobb Police will be investigating any contacts Moore made through the online sales, as well as processing evidence taken from his home.
Cobb Police were not sure how long Moore’s body had been in the home after the stabbing but Pierce said “it doesn’t seem like an extended period of time.”
A neighbor, who has lived in the area more than 15 years but wanted to remain anonymous, did not know if Moore was married or had any children.
The neighbor did not even know Moore’s name until the police report about the homicide was released.
The neighbor said Moore would routinely walk his white and orange dog around the area twice a day.
At Halloween and Christmas, every tree in Moore’s yard was decorated, with drivers stopping by to admire the lights.
“This past Christmas he went to the nines,” the neighbor said. “That is one thing we will always remember him for.”
A quiet neighborhood shocked by homicide
The unnamed neighbor said Pine Shadows, dotted by 1970s-era contemporary-style homes with angled roofs, is a friendly neighborhood, although most of the residents keep to themselves.
“Something like this has turned the neighborhood upside down,” the neighbor said. “The rumor on the street is it was a murder. We know that someone went in and killed him.”
An appliance repairman, Rick Rappaport, was in the neighborhood Friday afternoon responding to a service call.
Rappaport said, in his years of working on appliances in homes around the area, he has never seen any suspicious activity.
“This area is a good area,” Rappaport said. “There are a lot of good people here.”
According to the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s office, the ranch home, built in 1974, has been owned by Moore since 2005.
There is an Ackerman Security sign in Moore’s front yard and a neighborhood watch warning sign posted on the street leading into the neighborhood.
The unnamed neighbor said a nearby home off Stacy Court was robbed of electronics and weapons in April.
“People were just getting to the point of being comfortable and then boom,” the neighbor said.
By 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, Cobb Police had determined the April home invasion was not connected to the stabbing death of Moore.