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Double homicide at Gilmer housing project

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

A tragic start to the new year for one East Texas couple , killed in their own home. It happened around 8 PM Friday night at Ervin Hill housing project off of Highway 300 and highway 271 in South Gilmer.

"Officers were dispatched to what was initially reported as a disturbance call" says Gilmer Police Officer Monty Montgomery.

But what police found inside this home, they couldn't even describe, a husband and wife dead. Neighbors identified the couple as 36 year old Danny Clark and his 35 year old wife Subrina dead.

"Oh my gosh I couldn't believe my friend, because we've known them since they moved here," says neighbor Brittany Black.

Although police are not saying how the couple died, they are saying it was particularly brutal, the female victim in this case was herself was a victim of a drunk driver some years ago, and that's why she was in a wheelchair.

"She's a paraplegic and wheelchair bound , she was not able to get out of her wheelchair and that's where she was found, in her wheelchair," says Montgomery.

Investigators say a person of interest is a native of Honduras, 25 year old Miguel Angel Espinal, who witnesses say was at the scene. He has distinctive tattoos, on one arm an Aztec warrior, on the other a chain of skulls.

"Espinal is the key , there are a lot of things we don't know and a lot of things we need to know" Montgomery says.

Well liked by neighbors, the Clarks deaths leave friends without answers.

"They were wonderful people, it tears you up you know , I can't believe it just happened right there," Black says.

Espinal was last seen driving a 1993 green Isuzu Rodeo with Texas license plate number B-G-4-F-8-4-0'. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Gilmer police or crime-stoppers.

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