Lubbock Police are asking for the community's help in solving a Sunday morning murder at the Elm Grove mobile home park on the western edge of town.
About a dozen investigators responded to the homicide call around 9:30 a.m. and stayed for hours - pulling evidence out of the blue and white mobile home and eventually bringing out the body of Kevin Lee Braddock, 49.
Neighbor and close friend Jim Flemming says Braddock was supposed to come over to his mobile home to help fix a window. "When he didn't show up I went to go check on him," Flemming said. "The door was wide open and I found him lying on his back on the couch. There was quite a bit of blood."
Another neighbor described the scene as gruesome.
"He looked like he had been beaten with a bat. His face was all messed up it was really bad. The three guys who saw it they will never be the same again. They say each time they close their eyes they see it," Amy Baize said.
Investigators questioned several neighbors and combed nearby properties for clues, but finally packed up around 3:30 p.m. Around 8 p.m. investigators returned to question more neighbors.
Around that time police released the following statement:
The Lubbock Police Department is seeking any information as to who Kevin Braddock may have last been in contact with on or prior to Saturday October 8th 2011. Kevin Braddock lived at the Elm Grove Mobile home park, located at 2201 Research Blvd #22.
Anyone having any information is Urged to contact: Detective Justin Martinez at 775-2420 or 548-3823, Crime Line at: 741-1000.
Few details have been released, but neighbors say most of Braddock's family lives in Pampa, Texas. He had just moved into the Elm Grove mobile home park four months ago, but Baize says he quickly made friends with all his neighbors.
"That guy was a sweet guy, and he was like a father to me. We all loved him. He had a bright perspective on life," Baize said. "I don't know why anyone would do that to him. He was one of those people that if he had one dollar left to his name and he felt someone else needed it more than him he would give it to them."
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