Police Investigate 16th Murder In The Hub City - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/31/07

Police Investigate 16th Murder In The Hub City

Preliminary autopsy results show blunt force trauma to the head killed a Lubbock man. As NewsChannel 11 first told you last night, 40-year-old Monty Dale Edler died at UMC late Tuesday afternoon.

Police found him lying outside a Westford apartment in the 5400 block of 40th Street last Thursday.

Monty Edler's family did not want to go on camera but tell us loved ones surrounded him when he died Wednesday. Edler's family also shared a picture of him with us; a picture of a man they say was a friend to all.

Meanwhile, neighbors say the murder is causing them to worry about their own safety.

"All I saw was at the end very end was the fire truck as they were leaving," neighbor Gator Alice Mitchell said. 

About 2:30 last Thursday morning, first responders took Monty Edler to UMC after police found him lying outside the Westford Apartments. He had apparently been hit with a bottle and pieces still remain a week later.

Neighbors say this makes them think of moving out.

"It makes me feel kind of unsafe. There's been a lot of stuff like that happening around Lubbock and kind of makes me feels like I need to move out," neighbor Benny Martinez said.

The attack apparently started when four men kicked in the door of apartment number 28. Edler's family tells NewsChannel 11 they don't know why Monty was there, but we know his co-worker Nicholas Blackburn was also injured and found nearby. Blackburn has since been treated and released from the hospital.

Family say the two men worked at a furniture store together and say Edler spent most of his free time volunteering at the Salvation Army and South Plains Food Bank.

Instead of flowers, the family is asking donations be made in Edler's name to the South Plains Food Bank or Oakwood United Methodist Church building fund. A celebration of life for Monty Edler will be held this Friday at 2 p.m. at the Oakwood United Methodist Church.

Meanwhile, police urge you to call Crime Line if you have any information. That number (806) 741-1000.

 Right now, the only suspect description police have is four black men.

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