On verge of new family, local man brutally murdered

By Matt Porter

November 6, 2013 Updated Nov 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Patricia McIntyre could barely hold back tears when remembering Jordan Dordell.

She was best friends with his mother who died six months ago, and she had seen the 23-year-old Dordell grow up from seven years of age.

"He was a gentle spirit. And he had a great future," McIntyre said, "A new baby, and I hope that society would reach out to his fiancee and their young daughter and help her through this."

Dordell spent the past few years taking care of his mother Beth Griswold, who dealt with depression.

McIntyre and others say Dordell's goofy personality cheered his mother up constantly.

They say Dordell loved his mother, choosing to stay at her home after she died because it was only a block away from where she was buried.

McIntyre said he was someone to be loved, not hated.

"Jordan would try anything," he said. "He taught my grandchildren to jump on the trampoline, and one day he tried to jump on the garage roof and missed."

McIntyre's daughter Monique said she can't imagine why anyone would want to kill Dordell, particularly as brutally as they did.

"Such a happy person, he was so happy," Monique McIntyre said. "He was so good with kids. My kids love him."

Josh Shafer, a family friend, is organizing a candle light vigil for 5 p.m. Sunday the Mygatt Street home where Jordan lived.

He can't understand what happened.

"I can't remember one single time when someone had something bad to say about him," Shafer said. "That's why this is so sad, because no one had any problem with him."

Corey Dordell said his brother was a friend to anyone.

One of the attackers, Nigel Saunders, 25, roomed with the family on two separate occasions.

The final time Jordan kicked him out after he robbed from the home, Corey said.

Corey said his brother was never involved in anything criminal, and he was always true to himself.

"Some people laugh and you can tell if it's fake or not, but with Jordan you know it was real," Corey Dordell said.

Jordan Dordell was preparing to marry his fiancee Rachel. The two were expecting a daughter.

His brother said he was happy up to the day he died.

"I could tell by the way Jordan looked, he was happy, he was definitely in love, he just wanted to start his own family," Corey Dordell said.

If you are interested attending the candle light vigil Sunday November 10, you can find information on Facebook.

The vigil will begin at 5 p.m. in front of Dordell's home at 32 Mygatt St. where the attack took place.

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