BRIDGEPORT — The family of Cadell “Dell” Moore is mourning the loss of a father, uncle and brother after he was shot dead Thursday while working on his Chevy Trailblazer.

“My brother was a great dad — he spent lots of time with his kids, he'd go visit them in school, sit in class with them — help with homework,” said sister Paris Moore, 28, in a text conversation Friday.

She last saw him at her home on Tuesday when he came to visit her daughter.

“He was excited to become an uncle. He loved my daughter as if she was his own,” she said. “Dell loved kids.”

Moore, 34, also loved cars and dirt bikes, his sister said. She said he studied automotive technology at a local trade school (the school, Porter and Chester Institute did not respond to multiple requests to verify his attendance).

Now the family is planning his funeral. Paris Moore said a candlelight vigil was held at the place where he was killed.

His own children, four boys and one girl aged 2-13, are now in the custody of their mothers, Moore said.

Cadell Moore graduated from Bassick High School in 2000, according to his sister. In 2015, he trained to be a truck driver and completed two courses CDL certification courses, according to officials at the New England Tractor Trailer Training School.

“He definitely was getting his life on track and doing things for the better,” his sister said. “All my brother wanted to do was take care of his family.”

She said he had recently been offered a job by a major trucking company.