The Beeville Police Department is investigating its first homicide since 2005 after a gruesome discovery was made Wednesday morning.
An elderly man was found laying on his back in a pool of blood, with more than 10 stab wounds to his body and neck.
The victim was identified as Trueman Brown, who had just turned 74 years old on Dec. 11. He was found in the Emma Finke Villa Apartments at 1101 East Kennedy in Beeville.
Beeville police investigators and Texas Rangers searched the area for evidence, but they never did find a knife or any other weapon.
"I had detectives actually comb the area, speak to everybody that lives here in the apartment complex, and basically they didn't hear anything, see anything," said Lt. Richard Cantu, Jr., of the Beeville Police Department. "Anything that was out of the ordinary."
Police describe the apartment complex as peaceful and quiet, filled with retirees; but something very violent happened sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The victim's next door neighbor said there was always constant traffic in and out of the apartment, and that Brown sold pain pills.
"He borrowed, borrowed $100 worth of pills, but he didn't have the money, and that was this week," said Richard Naranjo, Brown's neighbor. "He told me that, 'I owe $100 to this man, and I'm afraid something's going to happen.' So it happened."
In her last conversation with Brown, his care provider, Mariann Martinez, said Brown did express concern.
"He says, 'I owe this guy $100, and I don't have it, and I don't know what to do.' I said, 'Well, it's just $100, Mr. Brown. Tell him you'll give it to him on the first or the third, when you get your check,' and he's like, 'Well, I don't know if he'll wait that long.'"
The police department is not sure about the claims of Brown's next door neighbor and caregiver have made, saying that only a complete and thorough investigation will get to the bottom of what happened.
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