Two 17-Year-Old Lubbock Men, One The Victim, One The Suspect In A Homicide - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/15/07

Two 17-Year-Old Lubbock Men, One The Victim, One The Suspect In A Homicide

Lubbock police now know "who" but they don't know "why." Dameon Pakus, 17,  is charged with the murder of 17-year-old Derrick Faulkenberry. Faulkenberry was found dead in his home with a gunshot wound to the head around 10:30 Thursday night.

"This has always been a pretty peaceful place to live. Just one of those things. I think it could happen anywhere," Bill Castoe said.

Castoe lives in the apartment directly below apartment number 85, the home of victim Derrick Faulkenberry.

"I heard the gunshot and the other people ran down the balcony and down these stairs here. They were obviously pretty upset," Castoe said.

Castoe spent the next few hours at the police station, telling police what he heard and saw.

He said, "I looked outside and there were 2 men and a woman that came down the stairs here. The woman was carrying a baby carrier and I could hear the baby crying."

Castoe and several other neighbors say they didn't know Faulkenberry very well, but he said he was a nice guy. The kind of guy you'd never expect this to happen to.

"He always had a smile on his face," Richard Abbe said.

Abbe had just arrived home when the police arrived Thursday night. Abbe met the suspect, Dameon Pakus just once.

Abbe said, "I had just met him yesterday. He didn't look like someone who would do that."

And now, Abbe says he's concerned for his safety.

He said, "A little nervous, because I don't want anything else to happen."

Police know that Pakus and Faulkenberry were acquaintances, but they don't know a motive for the shooting yet. Again, Pakus is being held at the Lubbock County Jail on a murder charge.

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