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Police still investigating central Lubbock homicide

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    Thursday, July 12 2012 12:08 AM EDT2012-07-12 04:08:30 GMT
    Lubbock Police responded to an apparent homicide scene in the 4600 block of 21st St Wednesday afternoon. Police are asking residents to avoid this area for the next several hours. At around 1:50 p.m.,
    Dr. Joseph Sonnier, the Chief Pathologist for Covenant Health System in Lubbock was found dead in his home on Wednesday afternoon, KCBD NewsChannel 11 has learned. Sonnier was victim of an apparent homicide.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Investigators are still on the scene nearly 24 hours after Dr. Joseph Sonnier was found shot to death in his central Lubbock home.

The area was still surrounded by crime scene tape and the Lubbock Police Department's mobile command unit was still parked in the neighborhood as of 10p.m. Thursday night. A forensic van and numerous detective's were also seen in the neighborhood still taking evidence out of the home at 4603 21st Street.

"He was a good man. I'm still in shock," said Jesse Gomez who used to work for Dr. Sonnier."I can't even cry about it yet because I'm just in shock. You are here one day and gone the next."

Gomez used to meet Sonnier at the Covenant district to wash his cars twice a week. The news was so unbelievable, that he had to drive by the taped off home to see himself.

"He was a great man. I don't understand why anyone would ever want to hurt this man. He would give you the shirt off his back," said Gomez.

Police are releasing very little information, but we do know Sonnier's co-workers became worried when he didn't show up to work Wednesday morning. While police were en route for a welfare check, a landscaper found a broken window at the home, and eventually found Sonnier shot to death inside.

There are still countless unanswered questions to what exactly happened to Dr. Joseph Sonnier. Police have yet to release any new information.

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