SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It was part of Alfredo Montoya's daily routine.
Every morning and each night, he would drive to the convenience store near 900
East and South Temple to get the newspaper.
"It was just a way for him to get out of the house," says his stepson Rob Archuleta.
But last night he never returned.
"They got worried because he hadn't come back," says Archuleta. "It had been fifteen or twenty minutes. It was odd."
It wasn't until a police officer knocked on the door to deliver the bad news. Montoya was killed following a fight at the convenience store.
"Everyone here is devastated," Archuleta says. "Life won't be the same."
Police say Montoya and another man got into a fight inside the store.
Montoya was hit in the head with an elbow. Police say he walked to his car and died.
Archuleta isn't sure if the blow to the head caused his death.
"He just had a stroke and he's had heart problems," he says.
Early police reports indicate one or both were intoxicated. His stepson says that's not true of Montoya.
"I know how he is," Archuleta says. "He's the type of person who has a few beers here and there but he doesn't take off drinking and driving."
The 62-year old Montoya made a living out of his pickup. It was his office. He bought and sold auto parts.
And when his work was done he spent time with his family.
"I'm going to miss him seeing him play with my kids, having fun them that's what i'm going to miss the most," Archuleta says.
Police did not arrest the other person involved in the fight. They are waiting for autopsy results to determine the cause of death.