"He was the kind of guy I would want as a brother," said Larry Lenamond. For his neighbors, news of Brad Calverley's rampage and death was overwhelming. "I just can't comprehend something like this going on," said Lenamond.
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An ISS officer at Evans Jr. High, Calverley had recently moved to a duplex to be closer to his job. "He was cheerful all the time," said neighbor Ann Strada. A new flowerpot sits outside his door, placed there last Thursday. An uplifting gesture brightening the entrance to a place never really known as home.
Brad and Kelly Calverley's former house is now up for sale, their divorce finalized in June. Friends say trouble started when Brad began to display symptoms of mental illness. Described as manic depressive, schizophrenic, bi-polar, even paranoid. Traits which frightened his wife and put the marriage on a downward spiral. "It's just really really sad," said neighbor Marilyn Darby. She says Brad had difficulty accepting the divorce. "He was saddened by it, told us he was depressed, he didn't take it well," she said.
The image of Calverley lying prone on the ground, arms locked in the air, was the furthest thing from anyone's imagination seven years ago. "These two junior high teachers are hoping their new game will be enjoyed all across the south plains," said KCBD reporter Mandy Lawrence. In 1996, NewsChannel 11 profiled a young couple, Brad and Kelly Calverley, as they tried their hand at selling a homemade game called 'Joker's Frenzy'. "We just put everything we enjoyed in games into this, and this is what emerged," said Kelly Calverley. "It's a game for 8 to 88, that anyone can play," said Brad.
"I never had any idea that anything was wrong with him," said Lenamond. Friends in his old neighborhood say his ex-wife kept where she was living a secret, possibly sparing her life. As to why he killed his parents? "Who knows? God only knows that," said Strada.
The instinct is natural, but the effort in vain. Trying to see something, anything, in the eyes of a blooming relationship long ago, that ended Monday next to a field of wilted sunflowers. "All I can say is God bless all of them. It's unbelievable," said Strada.