LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A family mourns the loss of a father and husband just two days after he was gunned down in Central Lubbock.
Taris Knight, 31, was shot Monday night near 26th and Avenue N. Police say an argument escalated and a man opened fire shooting two people.
Knight's family calls it a senseless crime, and now his common-law wife is trying to make arrangements to get to his funeral. Ebony Knight is in shock and says everything reminds her of her late husband.
Knight wiped away the tears as she recalled how she heard the news. "I got a call and was told that he had been shot three times."
Doctors worked to save her husband, but there was nothing more they could do. "It's senseless. Just senseless," said Knight who will remember her husband as a loving father. "He would give you the shirt off his back."
Knight says her husband was not perfect and had flaws just like other humans. While the investigation continues, she knows there was an argument but says whatever happened shouldn't have ended so violently. "It's not worth it, not only did he lose his life but the man who did it lost his as well."
Knight says her husband went out that night with his friend James Guess, 56, who was also shot. He is recovering from his injuries at University Medical Center.
Now, Knight will try to pick up the pieces without her husband who she says meant everything to her family because that is what he would want her to do. She says it is hard to keep it together and tries not to cry in front of her children Kei'Iveyonna, 8, and Cyriss, 3.
"I miss everything about him. He's my number one Dad and he's so great," said Knight's daughter Kei'Iveyonna.
The victim's wife hopes justice is served. "I would tell him God bless and that he has to pay for what he did."
Taris Knight has family back in Virginia which is where his funeral will be and his wife is trying to find a way to get there because she can't afford it. She is trying to set up a memorial fund to help with the expenses.
The suspect charged in connected with Knight's murder, Cruz Aldaco, remains behind bars at the Lubbock County Detention Center. Lubbock police say he called authorities about 30 minutes after the shooting and turned himself in.
He is jailed on bonds totaling $100,000.
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