LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Goodland, Texas is the kind of place where families still farm together, everyone knows all of their neighbors for miles around, and folks typically don't worry about the crime rate. That's why Joey Kindle was shocked on October 12th, 2006, when he found out someone murdered his 25-year-old son Jonathan. "I got a very abrupt wakening one morning when the Texas Rangers and the Sheriff knocked on my door and told me my middle son had been shot," said Kindle.
Someone shot Jonathan Kindle in his own home. "We know that is was not a random act. There was not robbery involved. It's pretty isolated. It has to be somebody he knew to get into the house that late at night," said the victim's father.
Today, even with both the Bailey County Sheriff's Department and the Texas Rangers working on the case, no arrests have been made in the crime. "We're waiting for someone to come forward with any kind of information that can help us tie this case together," said Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills.
To try and help find the culprit is Joey Kindle wants to give anyone who may have that information an incentive by increasing what was already a $10,000 reward to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer. "I want to see whoever's done this pay for their crimes," he said.
While Kindle says this kind of tragedy isn't something he'll ever truly get over, he hopes finding the person responsible will at least bring some closure.
If you have any information that could help solve this case, call the Bailey County Sheriff at (806) 272-4268.
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