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Man, 73, stabbed to death
by Gary Kent
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Texas Ranger James Bennett, in hat, looks for evidence outside Apartment C in Building 7 at the Emma Finke Villa apartments on East Kennedy Street Wednesday morning. Standing with the ranger are, from left, Beeville Police Department detectives Chris Vasquez, Art Gamez and Matthew Miller. Police were called to the scene after a staff member checking on residents found a man, 73 years old, dead of stab wounds.
Gary Kent photo Texas Ranger James Bennett, in hat, looks for evidence outside Apartment C in Building 7 at the Emma Finke Villa apartments on East Kennedy Street Wednesday morning. Standing with the ranger are, from left, Beeville Police Department detectives Chris Vasquez, Art Gamez and Matthew Miller. Police were called to the scene after a staff member checking on residents found a man, 73 years old, dead of stab wounds.
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BEEVILLE — Police Chief Joe Treviño is urging anyone who might have information that could lead to a suspect in the Wednesday morning murder of a Beeville man to contact the Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers organization.

Any witness who provides enough information to result in an arrest could qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

The victim has been identified as 73-year-old Thurman Brown of Beeville.

Texas Ranger James Bennett and Detective Sgt. Art Gamez were in charge of the investigation at the scene. Officers believe someone entered the victim’s apartment at the Emma Finke Villa Apartments and stabbed the victim to death.

A staff member at the Beeville Housing Authority facility reportedly was checking on the elderly residents Wednesday and discovered the body.

Detective Lt. Richard Cantu said the victim was stabbed more than 10 times in the back and front of his torso.

Police officers were called to Room C at Building 7 at 1100 E. Kennedy St. at about 7:30 a.m. after the body was discovered.

Investigators arrived shortly after that, sealed off the building and started looking for evidence.

Cantu said at least one witness said he had seen a friend of the victim’s at the apartment Tuesday night, but the man left after a short visit. There had been no reason to suspect any foul play during that visit. Treviño said detectives had spoken with the visitor.

The detective said no persons of interest had been identified as of Thursday afternoon. Some of those who had been at the scene described what they saw, saying the attack had been brutal but quick.

One investigator said it looked like the murderer was “in and out.”

Evidence at the scene suggested that Brown could have been attacked shortly after letting the killer inside.

“He meant to kill him,” one officer said Thursday.

Brown’s wallet was still in his back pocket and nothing of value appeared to have been taken from the residence.

Crime Stoppers can be contacted locally by calling 362-0206 or toll-free by calling (877) 362-0206.

Internet users may contact the organization my email at coastalbendcrimestoppers.com.

Witnesses who provide information to Crime Stoppers never have to identify themselves, even when they are collecting their reward.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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