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Today I was refinishing a shower and bathtub out in Lewisville and I overheard the lady on the phone talking to someone that she called Rufus. It reminded me of A murder that happened back in 2007. At that time I was doing refinishing work for Town homes along the I-30 corridor around the Lake Ray Hubbard area.
I had talked many times to A Gentleman named Rufus, he was a survivor of Hurricane Katrina. The man had no Family, very little money and was an older Gentleman but appeared older than what he really was. He was relocated to the Townhomes after Hurricane Katrina and was just so appreciative of everything that some of the maintenance guys (2 of which were always smart asses) and would give him a hard time. I would always stop and talk to him since back then I employed (5) full time guys and all I would do is make sure the work was being done and take care of minor issues. I was in the office of one of the town homes when I heard he had started a kitchen fire (grease fire) and scorched his counter tops and cabinets and I stopped by his apartment and he was just down in the dumps. He just new they were going to kick him out. He didn't have the $1000.00 they wanted for the repairs. I was a close friend to the regional Vice President at that time and I called him and since my company would be doing the work anyway, I said it would be at no charge. I would just take care of it. About a week went by and I seen detectives out there but never thought anything and learned 2 weeks after the fact that Rufus had been murdered out off of HWY. 175 it was a hole in the wall club out there and I can't recall the name of it. He was killed in the parking lot, then his body was dumped in White Rock Lake. I learned all of the details while watching 48hours on A&E and honestly was shocked! The guy that murdered this man claimed self defense and he too lived out at the Apartments. I don't know his name but I remembered him because I always loved the 70 and 80 model Chevy pickups and he had one that ... just stood out to me and I had complimented his truck in the past, then went on with my day. I don't know why I felt compelled to blog about this today but maybe just to remind myself of how fast things happen and how I miss A man that I briefly knew. A man that had his life taken from him and I don't know if it was self defense or not. I heard it was the second time he had killed someone and claimed self defense and rumors swirled it was drug related... I have absolutely no Idea one way or the other but he was a frail man and I ... have no right to even speculate one way or the other. It just brought back a flood of memories when I heard that name and writing about this on my blog ... If for no other reason is proof that I have not forgotten this man. He may have not had family, at least none he claimed but he will not be forgotten... not by me.
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