Family Deals With Tragic Irony In Strangulation Death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/24/07

Family Deals With Tragic Irony In Strangulation Death

This weekend's second homicide came early Sunday morning, and we now know what started an argument between the victim, 34-year-old Jack Stanfield II, and Ralph Tickle who is now charged with manslaughter.

Family members tell us the two men were arguing over religion at Tickle's house in the 4500 Block of 44th Street. Police say the two men were arguing when Tickle put Stanfield in a headlock until he passed out. Police also say Tickle then attempted C.P.R. until EMS arrived at the scene. Stanfield was pronounced dead at University Medical Center.

We've also discovered additional circumstances which make this tragedy even more devastating for the family.

In a statement given to NewsChannel 11, the family says: Jack Stanfield Jr.'s father, also named Jack Stanfield, was also the victim of a homicide 20 years ago. Ironically, both men died at the age of 34, and both were victims of a homicide at the hands of a "friend".

"They're totally devastated. I've never heard of anything like this ever happening, and we certainly just ask everyone in churches to put them on the prayer chain, because this is just unspeakably difficult for the family," family friend Jim Hansen said. 

Stanfield is survived by his wife and three children. A memorial fund has been established to help them pay for his funeral expenses. You can make a donation at any branch of American State Bank.

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