A Tyler family who was set to celebrate Thanksgiving on Friday, instead learned one family member had died and that police were considering his death “suspicious.”
Ms. Brown said she talked to her son about 8 p.m. Thursday and he said he was OK.
“He was going to pick up his grandmother and bring her here for our Thanksgiving, which we were celebrating today,” she said Friday.
Police said they were called by EMS to the heavily wooded area about 1:30 Friday morning.
“EMS personnel stated the individual had sustained serious injuries and police assistance was needed. Responding officers secured the scene and began speaking with those present at the time the individual was injured. During this time, officers were contacted by ETMC medical staff and learned the individual, identified as Davis from Tyler had died,” a press release stated.
Detectives with Tyler police and investigators with the Smith County District Attorney’s Office worked the scene Friday and Sgt. James Riggle said detectives were still talking with one of the two men who were with Davis.
“We are not releasing anything more at this time. I know the investigators have taken one of the men home, but I don’t know where they are with the other or what they might know at this point,” he said.
Ms. Brown said her son had some legal problems over the past few years, but that he was a loving and caring person who fell ill to kidney disease a few years ago.
Ms. Brown said Davis had a kidney transplant in 2006, and through it all, put on a brave front, although she knew he was battling depression.
“He didn’t like negativity and wanted to remain positive even to the point of not talking about his illness. He wouldn’t talk to a professional, and he wouldn’t talk to us about it. He just wanted to be positive and avoid conflict,” she said.
Ms. Brown said her son was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, and through his illness, she made sure he went to several games.
Ms. Brown said her son’s organs would be donated.