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04/20/08-Longview

Elderly Couple Found Dead In Home

An East Texas community reacts tonight to the tragic deaths of an elderly couple.  They want to know who and why, why someone would commit such a senseless act.  KLTV 7 first told you about the elderly couple found dead inside their Gregg County home Saturday night at ten.  Sunday, new details began to surface including a stolen truck. 

The Gregg County Sheriff's Office was called out to North Tryon Road around 5:30 p.m., Saturday.  That's when they found the bodies of 83 year old's Bennie Neil and June Killingsworth.  Family concerns about the welfare of Bennie Neil and his wife June, led sheriffs to search their home.

"We're working the scene now, and it's apparently a homicide," said Gregg County Sheriffs Office Chief Deputy Chuck Willeford.  The Killingsworth son found the couple Saturday evening, but investigators believe the couple was killed sometime late Friday.

"We grieve," said family friend and First United Methodist Church Associate Pastor David Lindwall.  "We grieve for the family.  We are going to miss Neil and June."  The Killingsworth's lived for many years on the quiet country road, and what investigators are struggling with now is why, and the answer may be in a stolen truck.  Authorities say Killingsworth's stolen truck was found abandoned Saturday behind a business on Marshall Avenue in Longview.

"We have the Texas Rangers helping us trying to find leads in the case." said Willeford.  The couple were longtime members of First United Methodist Church, and their loss has shattered those who knew them.

"If someone was sick, or struggling they were the first to be there," said Lindwall.  "They were always so committed, reliable and you knew they were going to be present when someone else was struggling and having a difficult time."  The senseless act leaves a void in the community.

"Oh, the whole entire church community will miss June and Neil because they love them just as Neil and June loved us, and it will be a very difficult time," said Lindwall.  The bodies have been sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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