Investigators Looking For Suspects After Double Murder in Hearne

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

A gruesome shooting in Hearne has left two people dead and investigators looking for suspects.

It happened Saturday evening on the 100 block of Navasota Street. That's where police say Chandell Lewis, 28, and Harry Monson, 50, were shot multiple times.

"I saw my cousin Chandell's body laying right here, right near the meter, and the other guy was laying over there," Cliff Lewis said.

It's been a difficult couple of days for Cliff Lewis and his family, after his cousin Chandell Lewis, and Chandell's friend Harry Monson were fatally shot in front of a Hearne home.

"I didn't know it was my brother until I got here and saw him laying there," Rita Lewis said.

Rita Lewis says her brother, Chandell, was the type of person who befriended everyone he met, and who stood by her through tough times.

Little did Rita know, the toughest of times she'd have to take on without him by her side.

"I'm going to miss him," Rita Lewis said. "I just hate that it had to happen."

Chandell's family isn't only mourning the loss of one of their own but also a friendly neighbor they say tried to save his life.

"He came out, he was trying to help him, and stop them....and they shot him too," Cliff Lewis said.

"I'm still in shock," Wanda Walton said.

Wanda Walton is regular customer at County Kitchen in Hearne where Harry worked as a cook. She's used to having her day brightened by Harry's smile or special style of cooking. But Monday, Wanda fights back tears just remembering him.

"We talk a minute, cry a minute---talk a minute, cry a minute," Walton said. "It'll just never be the same without him."

As friends and family of both victims try and make sense of what happened Saturday night, everyone says they're better off for knowing the two--even if only a short time.

"It breaks us down, but then brings us together," a family member said.

Hearne police are not releasing much information at this time but do say that they believe the crime wasn't random.

The Hearne police department is working alongside the Texas Rangers, and the DA's office in their investigation.

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