Homicide victim's friend: 'He's such an amazing person'

Published: Jan. 26, 2015 at 10:41 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2015 at 11:33 PM CST
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Underwood's friend Antonio says he can't image who would want to hurt his friend. (Source: KLTV...
Underwood's friend Antonio says he can't image who would want to hurt his friend. (Source: KLTV Staff)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - There are still no suspects in the early Monday morning shooting that killed a Tyler man.

Tyrone Lee Underwood, 24, of Tyler, was found shot inside a vehicle that had hit a telephone pole in the 400 block of West 24th street.

"I feel unreal right now. I just feel like I'm in a movie. It's not true," says Antonio, Underwood's friend.

Those close to Underwood are devastated he's gone.

"It's not even just one thing I can say I'm going to miss because it's everything about him I'm going to miss. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be where I'm at in life, and that's just being belligerently honest," he says.

Authorities say Underwood was in or near his car when he was shot early Monday morning.

"They said that she had been shot three times and that she was trying to get away," says Kenya Darks, another one of Underwood's friends.

"Apparently after he was shot, he drove off, didn't go far, hit several curbs, and knocked a mirror off," says Andy Erbaugh of the Tyler Police Department.

"The rim was busted and stuff like that. They were asking me if I knew who could have done it. I said no," says Darks.

Friends say they can't image who would want to hurt him.

"She's a fan favorite. Everybody likes Ty," says Darks.

"He's such an amazing person. I don't think anyone would want to hurt him. He was sweet. He was a caring person. Ty was just really sweet," says Antonio.

"I'm shocked. I'm very shocked… I mean nothing out of the 46 years we've been in this neighborhood, we've never had anything like this happen," says Debra Grant, who lives near the scene of the wreck.

"He was very, very happy and I didn't even get to see my friend, I didn't get a chance to see him," says Antonio.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Tyler Police Department at (903) 531-1090.

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