The incident happened just before 6 a.m. in the city's south end on Western, near the Anthony Wayne Trail. His co-workers say Babcock was on his way to work, that he'd wanted to start riding his bike to save money on gas.
Babcock's family and friends say they are too distraught to talk on camera and can't believe the man they loved -- a father and grandfather, engaged to be married -- is gone.
"I'm devastated for the family," said Theresa Morrow, who heard the shot. "I feel sorrow for them because this should not have happened. For an honest man to do an honest day's work and going to do that honest day's work gets gunned down. There's no reason."