Homicide officials investigating man found dead on couch - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/10/10

Homicide officials investigating man found dead on couch under carport

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock police are investigating a suspicious death after finding a 48-year-old man dead outside his home Sunday morning. Homicide detectives and the medical examiner are waiting for the autopsy of Henry Valdez Jr. to determine the cause of death.

"I was at work and I got a call from my brother's girlfriend," said Henry's oldest son Markey Valdez. "She told me my father passed away."

Markey rushed to his parent's home at 96th Street and Boston Avenue to a scene covered in police tape and investigators. His father's body was lying on a couch outside in the carport covered with a white sheet.

"He was a good person, always working. We always had fun when we watched football," said Markey choking back tears.

A string of yellow evidence markers sat by blood stains near the beginning of the driveway and continued up toward the house leading to the couch where Henry's body was found by his youngest son's girlfriend right before 9a.m. "Right now they just say well it looks like he fell, but it looks like ... I don't know," said Yolanda Perez, Henry's sister-in-law.

For the family, there are little answers as they wait for the autopsy. "Just how and why. I mean... We don't know. We want to find out," said Markey.

Henry leaves behind four sons, several grandchildren, and a wife of 30 years. "She's really distraught. I worry about her now because she's got a heart pacer in and it's been very fluttery. We just need to watch her," said Perez about her sister. "He was an awesome dad, a really good man."

"I'm going to miss watching football with him. I mean there's nothing else you can do," cried Markey. "Just join together and be strong. He always told us stay strong no matter what. We will miss him and we love him."

Sunday night two patrol cars continued to monitor the scene, one in front of the home and another in the back alley. The autopsy will be performed Monday morning.

We'll continue to bring you the latest details on this investigation on KCBD NewsChannel 11.

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