A neighbor called 911 to report “a person down” and the Cobb County Police Department found the body inside, according to Sgt. Dana Pierce.
Investigators are not releasing the cause of death until the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office conducts an autopsy, Pierce said.
Many cars and trucks were parked outside the home Wednesday afternoon. Inside, friends and relatives were there to grieve with his wife and family. His wife and his brother were not ready to talk about the tragedy.
One unnamed woman who answered the door said Scott was a good father to his six kids and was a youth football coach.
A relative of Scott’s was tying balloons with yellow smiley faces and red hearts that said “I love you” to the mailbox post.
“He did not deserve this,” said the relative, who did not want to be named.
Scott’s home is part of the Melrose Square subdivision off Florence Road, which curves around large lots with sprawling ranch homes tucked behind ornate fences.
Just past the entrance of the subdivision, filled with two-story homes with small porches, is a neighborhood watch sign.
A Melrose Square resident, who lives a block away from the Scott family, said he recently moved to the area from Louisiana based on a recommendation from his wife’s cousin who called Powder Springs a “nice and quiet place.”
The neighbor, who did not wish to be named, said the neighborhood is mostly safe, especially compared to Atlanta where the man commutes for work.
“You get more bang for your buck here,” the neighbor said.
However, the neighbor added he was leery of Scott, who would have packages mailed to other homes in the subdivision, then collect the packages from mailboxes while neighbors were at work during the day.
Scott was arrested in October 2009 on charges of intent to distribute marijuana, felony obstruction and driving with a suspended license.
Scott was arrested again on March 28 on two misdemeanor charges of alleged battery and disorderly conduct.
Tyler Moses, who also lives in Powder Springs, drove past Scott’s home, worried that the man killed could be a friend of his from a tennis group. It turned out Moses’ friend is a different man with the name David Scott.
Moses, who lives across Macland Road two miles away from Melrose Square, said he is not concerned about crime in the area because it is rare for a murder to be committed nearby.
“Things happen. You can’t live in fear,” Moses said.