Neighbors shocked by murder-suicide

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Smith County investigators say they believe Thomas Blow shot and killed his ex-wife, Kenzie Lewis, before turning the gun on himself - all of this with their two young sons in the home.

Blow was a DWI attorney. His Tyler office now sits empty. At his Hidden Hills Lake home, neighbors say he was devoted dad.

"I would see Mr. Blow out here playing basketball with the boys all the time, and he would speak when I would walk my dog and just a genuinely friendly guy but would keep to himself," said neighbor, Shannon Johnson.

Blow and Lewis had a 5-year-old and 7-year-old together. From the outside, neighbors say they were once a happy family, but Blow and Lewis recently divorced. Neighbors say something went terribly wrong and it escalated into tragedy this Father's Day weekend when the boys lost both their parents.

"Nothing is ever going to be the same over here anymore," said Johnson.

She says the kids were spending time here at their dad's. Saturday evening Lewis, 25, came by to drop some things off, but never came out.

"We never heard anybody fighting - anything domestic but we did know it was a bitter divorce...and I just wonder what snapped in him to get him to do that especially with the boys here," said Johnson.

Smith County deputies believe Blow shot and killed Lewis then himself with his own handgun. They say the boys were in another part of the house and did not have a clue what happened.

"We hope and pray that they didn't, but they'll forever be affected by it," said Johnson.

As family members mourn, investigators are working to piece it all together and find out what triggered Blow to take their lives.

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