Kermit Neighbors Fear for Safety As Police Investigate Possible Homicide

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

KERMIT - It's been about seven years since the city of Kermit has seen a homicide but police are busy investigating a possible case after a body was found Sunday afternoon.

"We were called on a welfare concern," Lt. Richard Abalos said. "Right now, it's being investigated as a possible homicide."

Although officials did not reveal a location or an identity, residents tell NewsWest 9 the elderly man's body was found at a home off Campbell and Underwood.

Abalos said there was at least one stab wound on the man's body.

"We don't know if it's self inflicted or of a different nature," Abalos said.

Abalos said there are still a lot of questions.

"We don't know exactly what happened," he said. "We still got to wait for the autopsy. That's gonna tell us a lot."

NewsWest 9 spoke with the victims nephew off camera and he says his uncle's body was found in a brown van in the victim's driveway.

Police are not releasing many details at this time but neighbors said they want some answers.

"I'm a concerned neighbor, I want some answers, do we need to be scared?" Amy Ruiz said.

Ruiz lives across the street from the victim.

"Real quiet, doesn't bother nobody. You rarely see him out. That's why I'm like shocked," Ruiz said.

Ruiz is worried that this could be criminal act.

"I live right here and for my family's safety, I want answers about what's going on," Ruiz said.

Judy Charles said rumors are circulating about the death on Facebook.

"Just that he had gotten stabbed and put up a fight," Charles said.

This is just speculation right now but residents are hoping for peace of mind soon.

"I normally didn't lock my doors at night but I sure did last night and I will from here on out until I hear somebody's been caught or they've decided what happened," Charles said.

"I hope he's with his wife in heaven and I got him in my prayers," Ruiz said.

Texas Rangers are helping Kermit Police with this investigation. The results of the autopsy are expected in the next few days.