Police: Wayne grandfather killed by ax-wielding family member

A brutal ax murder shocks a neighborhood in Wayne as police say a grandfather is killed inside his own home by an ax-wielding family member.

Police say 58-year-old Dan Dart was killed inside his home on Chamberlain on Saturday night. Neighbors say the street near Annapolis was blocked off most of the night.

On Monday, Tim Chambers, Dart's friend of more than 20 years, says he never thought he'd lose his friend in such a horrific way.

"I miss him dearly I still can't even believe it, it's still like a haze," Chambers said. "He just liked doing stuff for other people that's what made his day, pretty much."

Wayne police say Dart was in the backyard of his home on Chamberlain when he was hit and killed with an ax. His wife's grandson, Jesse Gunderson, who was staying with Dart, is in custody and facing first degree murder charges.

"I would've thought his house would be the last on the block for any kind of trouble like that."

Dart's family tells FOX 2 that Gunderson was a humble achiever, and was not violent. They called the altercation "quick and quiet" and say they feel like they've lost two family members now.

Dart's wife, Marian, says her husband was the love of her life. Friends of Dart say she was also his.

"Marian was his whole life. He loved Marian to death," Chambers said.

Chambers says Dart was on medical retirement after working for the UAW for over 15 years. His friend was the hardest working man he knew and was always helping his neighbors.

"He did everything for me. I helped him out when he needed it, we were each other's backbone," he said.

Prosecutors say Gunderson is expected to be arraigned Tuesday. 

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