By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Family and friends are grieving the loss of a loved one after Lubbock Police found 40-year-old Danny Brazeal stabbed to death on Saturday.
Police say 21-year-old Eric Perez told them he killed someone and where to find the body in a 9-1-1 call Saturday morning. That call led Police directly to Brazeal's body, left in a secluded area on the west side of the Civic Center. Police believe Perez, now charged with murder, didn't know Brazeal at the time.
"My son said Mama, why would they do that to Uncle Danny, why? No one deserves to die that way. My brother was the best person in the world," Danny's sister Jerry Haley said. "Never did we ever imagine anything like this would ever happen to him."
Haley said Brazeal suffered a traumatic head injury causing permanent damage when they were in high school. Since then he's been on medication and lived with his mother but was known to move around occasionally. "He just felt like there was something more out there for him and he would take off for a couple of days," she said.
Through the years of moving around, Brazeal met many people who now call him a friend. "He was just the neighborhood wondering kid and he wondered into our lives," Matthew Yugovich, Brazeal's long time friend, said.
Brazeal was also known to strum a guitar occasionally while singing songs he wrote the lyrics to. "He loved to play guitar although he wasn't as good as he thought he was, he loved to play the guitar," his sister said. "He thought he was playing angelic music," added Yugovich.
Brazeal leaves behind a mother, two sisters, several nieces and nephews, and many friends who will miss him very much. "His kind of laugh, I'll miss that, you know, I'll miss Danny coming around I'll miss him a lot," Yugovich said holding back tears, "He was good guy".
"We'll just miss his hugs the most. He was always hugging, hugging everybody. You had to give him a hug every time you seen him, and we'll just miss that big grin," said Haley.
The Yugovich's said they're planning a benefit for Danny at their Motherland Amphitheater where he liked to play his music. Proceeds will go to Brazeal's family for funeral expenses. Right now there is no date set in stone.
Brazeal's sister also said they're praying for Perez's family as well.
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