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Local Comedian Murdered in U.S.V.I.

Tri-state comedian Blair Shannon was murdered last week in the U.S. Virgin islands. Preliminary reports indicate he was on St. Thomas Island in his hotel room when he was robbed and shot.   He died from a single gunshot wound.

Shannon spent most of his time on cruise ships but he never forgot his roots right here in Cincinnati.

A widower, and single father to a 13 year old girl, Blair Shannon's life was about bringing smiles to people's faces.

"He was just a delightful guy and very talented I'm very shocked by this" says Jimmy Gilliece, owner of Chez Nora in Covington.  Gilliece and Shannon began their careers together in Clifton's old DWI Comedy Club.  Gilliece describes Shannon as a story teller who had a terrific outlook on life.

"It's the randomness of life and death but of all people by gosh..." says Gilliece.

In 1998 Shannon's wife Amy died of leukemia.  Losing his wife inspired him to help raise money for the Southern Ohio chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Gilliece remembers, "He was a very careful man in what he worked for and I know his work with charitable organizations was second to none."

"He wanted to do so many things for the society he created a CD and proceeds are going to the society for that even." says Leukemia and Lymphoma society president Jay Van Winkle.

Blair was scheduled to perform at an event for the society in February. Now they'll be honoring him instead of laughing with him.

"This became his passion and his love anything he could do for us he was there for us he was a special man." Van Winkle says.

Shannon leaves behind his 13 year old daughter Chelsey.

Reporter: Corey McConnell

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