Strangulation Leaves Family Dealing With Tragic Irony - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/24/07

Strangulation Leaves Family Dealing With Tragic Irony

Ralph Tickle is charged with manslaughter for allegedly strangling 34-year-old Jack Stanfield to death early Sunday morning.  It happened in the 4500 Block of 44th Street, and a 911 call confirms that Tickle tried to perform C.P.R. to bring him back.

Operator: "911, what's your emergency?"
Caller: "Yes, I've got a man down. It doesn't look like he's breathing. We're trying to do C.P.R."
Operator: "What's wrong with him?"
Caller: "They kind of got into a fight, and he kind of passed out, and we looked and he's not breathing. He's turning blue."

An unidentified woman made the 911 call from inside the home.  Stanfield's family tells us that the argument was apparently about religion, and the caller goes on to describe what happened.

Caller: "I don't know if they just got each other in headlocks or what?"

The operator goes on to tell the caller how to perform C.P.R.

Operator: "Pinch the nose."
Caller: "Okay."
Operator: "With the other hand, lift his chin so the head bends back, okay?"
Caller: "Lift his chin so his head bends back."

It appears she gave that information to someone else.  The police say it was Tickle who performed C.P.R.

Second Voice: "Can you feel a pulse?"
Caller: "No."

Despite those efforts, Stanfield was pronounced dead at University Medical Center. Now, as family and friends mourn the loss, they're also dealing with a tragic irony.

"They're totally devastated," family friend Jim Hansen said. 

In a statement to NewsChannel 11, the family says: Jack Stanfield Junior'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-years, and both were victims of a homicide at the hands of a "friend".

Stanfield's father, also from Lubbock, was shot in Glen Rose, Texas in July of 1987.  The family just recently commemorated the 20th anniversary of his death.

"The family tells me that he was a good father, and a good, Christian man, and both he and his dad did a lot to help other people and worked very hard to help other people. It's just an unspeakable tragedy for his wife and everybody in the family, and again, I just ask that everybody in Lubbock put them on their prayer chains and just keep them in their hearts," Hansen said. 

Stanfield leaves behind his wife Kim and three children. A memorial fund has been set up to help with funeral expenses. Donations can be made at any American State Bank.

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