While Lubbock Police continue to investigate the mysterious death of a South Plains College student, a small community prepares to gather and mourn the tragic loss.
Friends found 19-year-old Bradford McIver dead inside his apartment Monday evening.
Investigators were called to Indiana Village Apartments around 6:30 p.m. Monday night and worked throughout the night to process the scene. Preliminary autopsy results show McIver died from multiple stab wounds.
The crime scene may have now been cleared at McIver's apartment, but police say a homicide investigation is well underway.
Already tips have poured into Crime Line and authorities are busy following numerous leads.
McIver's family and friends tell NewsChannel 11 they hope a killer is in custody soon. In the meantime, they are preparing to remember McIver's life at his funeral which will be held Thursday in Albany, Texas.
"It's a total shock - a total shock," says Sarah Cantrell, a close friend of McIver's.
Less than 48 hours after learning that her dear friend, Bradford McIver was brutally murdered - Cantrell is about to leave town for his funeral. Family and friends will gather in McIver's hometown of Albany Thursday morning to pay tribute to a life they say ended much too soon.
Friends say the South Plains College student's tragic death shocked the small town of 2,000.
"Bradford was one of the sweetest people I know. He had the biggest heart. He had one of the biggest hearts. He would never hurt anybody," says Cantrell.
But police are trying to figure out who would have wanted to hurt him. Friends found the 19-year-old dead, inside his apartment at Indiana Village around 6:30 p.m. Monday evening.
Police say McIver died from multiple stab wounds. There were obvious signs of a struggle inside the apartment. Furniture was overturned but police say there were no signs of a break in or robbery.
In fact, friends say the door was unlocked when they discovered McIver's body.
While police follow up on numerous leads, friends are left to comfort McIver's parents who are devastated over the loss of their only child. Friends say his parents were a part of his ultimate life goal.
"I just know he wanted to make his parents proud of him," says Cantrell.
McIver's Facebook and MySpace pages are now full of messages from friends expressing grief, but also sharing memories of the guy who liked to keep everyone laughing.
Cantrell says aside from experiencing sorrow, fear is now beginning to grow in her heart.
"I don't know why anybody would hurt him. I know he wouldn't have done anything wrong. I can't believe it. I can't believe someone would do that to him," says Cantrell.
If you know anything that can help investigators with this case, give Crime Line a call. That number is (806) 741-1000.
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