911 call released in apparent murder-suicide

Published: Jun. 21, 2011 at 9:56 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM CDT
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HUGHES SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) - We're learning more about the moments leading up to a murder-suicide in Cass county.

It happened around 7 P.M. Monday night in the 1400 block of East First Street in Hughes Springs.

Police say it appears Kandi Nolen's estranged husband barged into her home, shot her, and then turned the gun on himself.

We were able to obtain the 911 call, which shows a domestic dispute quickly turn violent.

Here's the verbatim of the entire 911 call that was provided to us:

Operator: Atlanta 911.

Kandi Nolen: Don't you do it. Don't you do it.

Operator: Atlanta 911.

Kandi Nolen: He's trying to kill me. He's got a gun.

Operator: Ma''am...hold on please. Hold on.

Kandi Nolen: He's got a gun.

Police say that's when the line then went dead. But this quick, and terrifying exchange, was enough for police to get a location on the call.

When they arrived, the house was surrounded by people, several of those witnesses told us they heard the shots. Now, friends are reeling.

"I just heard this morning and it just killed my soul because she always just so bubbly," said Deanna Burt, a friend, and local florist.

In front of the bank where Kandi Nolen worked, there's a wreath placed in her memory.

"She was at the drive-thru for a long time so that's the face we saw and I would put flowers for her through the drive thru slot and she was just precious," said Burt.

Burt says she had known Kandi for about five years. She says they didn't talk much about Kandi's personal life.

"No, I had no idea," said Burt. "You would have thought she was the happiest person in the world. She never let on."

Based on evidence at the scene, police say they believe Kandi's estranged husband, Stan, shot her before turning the gun on himself.

A sign reading "we will miss you dear friend" was placed in front of Kandi's house Tuesday morning. It shows just how much people cared about Kandi in her small community. Her friends say they never expected this act of violence to happen.

The crime even came as a surprise to the ring bearer at their wedding.

"You'd think nothing like this would have ever happen between them two if you knew them like we did," said Brad Dooly, family friend. "They were the sweetest people around here.

"I would have loved to have known. If I could have helped her in anyway I would have," said Burt.

Kandi Nolen's body was sent to Dallas for an autopsy. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

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