Ransom Community Continues to Cope with Tragedy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/28/03

Ransom Community Continues to Cope with Tragedy

Many questions still remain after the tragedy at Ransom Canyon early Monday morning. That's when 42-year-old Bradley Calverley rammed his SUV through the wall of his parents home. He then shot his father and his mother, before he was killed by sheriff's deputies.

Tuesday, more is known about the manner in which all three family members were killed following the Medical Examiner's release of the preliminary findings in all three autopsies.

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The first, Brad Calverley, who was shot by officers while fleeing the scene. As Calverley raised his shotgun to authorities, they fired on him three times. He was hit only once, in the neck, and he died at the scene.

Three sheriff's deputies were involved in the shooting, and placed on administrative leave, as procedure. But since only two of the deputies fired their weapons, the third will now resume active duty.

As for Brad's parents, 73-year-old Harry Calverley and 63-year-old Darlene Calverley, each died of single gunshot wound to the face. The Calverley's were said to be affluent members of the small community of Ransom Canyon, as well as, very family oriented and very active in their church.

"You've heard the expression walk the walk and talk the talk, they surely did that as far as showing their spiritualism, their belief in God and the willingness to give, willingness to share, willingness to help anyone in the community or anyone they knew and be examples of good Christian living. The thought without a doubt in anyone's mind who knew Darlene and Harry, we know where they are now, they're home," said Ron Bornick, Little Chapel of Brookhollow.

The Little Chapel of Brookhollow held a prayer service for the Calverley's Tuesday night, and they intend to dedicate this Sunday's service to them as well. Funeral services and burial for the family will be held in Garden City, east of Midland.

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