EASTLAND, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Eastland residents are still coming to grips with a deadly stabbing in the Walmart parking lot Thursday afternoon.
Although many of them consider it alarming, they’re not shaken a day after 75-year-old Lyndell Garrett of Throckmorton died from numerous stab wounds.
The majority of people in Eastland are all saying the same thing: this event is one that’s very uncharacteristic for the town as a whole. In fact, it’s one of the first homicides that many of them can even remember happening here.
“We didn’t expect anything like that at our hometown Wal Mart, you know,” Lewis Martinez says.
The news of a homicide in Eastland is still coming as a shock.
“I just kind of, ‘Whoa’, and she went, ‘What’s going on?’ I said, ‘They had a stabbing at Wal Mart.’ At first it didn’t sink in which Wal Mart, because I didn’t tell her which Wal Mart, until finally I said, ‘Eastland’, and she said, ‘No way,'” Martinez says.
People in Eastland may have a new reminder to be cautious.
“Used to, you know, years ago, you could leave your front door open, just walk over to the store, stuff like that. But now we lock our doors,” Martinez says.
But they’re not afraid, they’re ready to move forward.
“We just offer our prayers to the family, and hope we can make some sense of this event, and move forward,” says Eastland City Manager Ronald Duncan.
Questions are still being asked in the community.
“In this particular event, the sheer randomness of it, it’s so disturbing,” Duncan says. “We just have to move forward.”
Something else that you’re going to hear from just about everybody: the hope that something like this never happens again, and prayers for the family.
Brad Wilson, 39, is charged with murder and held in the Eastland County Jail on a $1.5 million bond.