Tahoka police have suspect in Wednesday night homicide - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/8/10

Tahoka police have suspect in Wednesday night homicide

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Rudy Chapa, Jr. Rudy Chapa, Jr.

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

TAHOKA, TX (KCBD) – Friends of a Tahoka man found dead in his home are speaking out. 

Wednesday night, 51-year-old Rudy Chapa, Jr. was found dead in his home by a family member. Police are trying to find out who did this, and friends can only ask why.

It was around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday when a family member found Chapa dead at a house in the 800 block of Avenue J in Tahoka.

Erceilia Segovia lives nearby and couldn't believe the news. "My first reaction was wow, what happened over here, I didn't know something was going on over here," said Segovia.

Tahoka Police say initial autopsy reports show Chapa had severe head trauma. Texas Rangers are assisting with this homicide investigation. "We will be interviewing the people that were here, along with the suspect that has been named by several friends," said Lt. Hipolito Zuniga with Tahoka Police Department. 

And while police will not release the name, they say Chapa knew the suspect.

"He was a good person here in Tahoka, he was not a trouble maker or nothing and we are going to miss him a lot," said Segovia.

Segovia says Chapa coached her son's baseball team, and all the kids in the neighborhood loved him. "He was a friend of ours, a real good friend of ours, and he always use to go to my grandma's house," said friend Marisol Vega. 

"He was a really nice guy, and I don't see why anybody would beat him up," said friend Audra Pusina. 

"We'll miss him, he was a good guy, and we just want justice just like everyone else," friend Jamie Santibanez.

Friends tell us Chapa leaves behind two children.

If you have any information on this case, you're urged to call the Tahoka Police Department at (806) 561-5255.

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