The search is on for four men, accused of beating 40-year-old Monty Dale Edler to death.
Edler died Tuesday at University Medical Center five days after police found him lying outside a central Lubbock apartment. Investigators say he'd been beaten with a bottle, and the autopsy report confirms he died of blunt force trauma to the head.
NewsChannel 11 is learning more about Edler from his family. They say he enjoyed volunteering. The family didn't want to go on camera, but they told us how Edler helped out at the Salvation Army during last year's Thanksgiving meal and was interviewed for it.
When we looked back at our Thanksgiving story, we found we had interviewed Edler, and he was very happy to be helping others.
"It's standing room only. More people than we can feed so far, but we'll get it done," Monty Edler told NewsChannel 11 last Thanksgiving.
Edler's family tells us their son never met a stranger and volunteered to help anyone he could. Last Thanksgiving he served others at the Salvation Army and he was a volunteer at the South Plains Food Bank, but last Thursday, police found Edler on the ground near 40th and Bangor.
"It was around 3:30 in the morning," Alice "Gator" Mitchell said.
Neighbors we spoke with didn't know what happened.
"I heard about it on the television," Mitchell said.
Investigators say the attack started when four men kicked down the door to apartment 28.
"It makes me feel kind of unsafe," Benny Martinez said.
Police found Nicholas Blackburn nearby. He'd also been injured, but was treated and released from UMC on the same day.
"Makes me feel like I need to move out," Martinez said.
Edler's family tells us they don't know why their son was at the apartment, but say Edler worked with Blackburn at a local furniture store.
The family says nothing will bring their son back, they're just hoping whoever did this to their son will be brought to justice.
Police only have a very vague description of the attackers, described as four black men. So, if you can help police with any information about this case, give Crime Line a call at (806) 741-1000. You can remain anonymous.
The family says that instead of flowers, donations be made in Edler's name to the South Plains Food Bank or to the building fund at Oakwood United Methodist Church.
A celebration of life for Monty Edler will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Oakwood United Methodist Church.
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