Friends Remember Homicide Victim Found Shot to Death Inside His Home - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/21/05

Friends Remember Homicide Victim Found Shot to Death Inside His Home

24 hours after a man is found shot to death inside his home, Lubbock police continue to search for a suspect in the city's second homicide of the week.

4/21/05
Police Search For Suspect In Mysterious Murder
Lubbock Police are looking for answers as they investigate the city's second homicide in one week. But this time, there is no suspect.

On the night of Wednesday April 20, 2005, 46-year-old Rex Alan McGuire's brother-in-law along with friends found him shot to death at 2307 60th street. Friends now recall McGuire's joking nature, and how he teased everyone including himself.

"He'd talk about his hair, it's not turning grey, it's turning loose. If it was one more funny it would be too funny. And it's you're lie, you can tell it any way you want to." Greg Harris remembers his friend, Rex McGuire with smiles. The two often ran into each other at Resthaven Funeral Home, where Harris works and where McGuire often performed electrical jobs.

However now, the news of McGuire's body being found dead inside his home brings forth other emotions.

Harris said, "I just could not realize or understand why anybody would want to hurt Rex. He's just, he was a great person to be around. I've never heard of anybody that had a bad word to say about him."

Friends found McGuire's body Wednesday night. Police aren't sure how long it had been there. However, a neighbor said he heard a loud boom and saw a flash on Tuesday night. At the time, he passed it off as a thunderstorm. The man spent years in the military, and now says it's possible the noise could've been a gunshot.

In the meantime, P.J. Welch-Liggan, who was friends with Harris and McGuire through the Texas Twisters Ski Club, will call dozens of club members with news of their fun-loving friend. Welch-Liggan said, "He had a lust for life and that is truly what he had. And so he's going to be missed truly."

McGuire performed an electrical job just days ago at Resthaven, which is now where his long time friend will help make his family make funeral arrangements. Police are trying to pinpoint when Rex died. An autopsy should give the results.

His pick -up truck was reported stolen. It's a red 1996 Chevrolet 1500 with a camper. It has Texas plates 61J NJ1. If you have seen the truck or have any information that could lead police to suspects you are urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000 .

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