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Tyler lawyer, ex-wife dead in apparent murder suicide

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courtesy of the Tyler Morning Telegraph
by Chad Thomas

SMITH COUNTY - Smith County sheriff's officials confirmed on Sunday the identity of the man and woman who were killed in an apparent murder-suicide west of Tyler on Saturday night.

Officials believe Thomas Blow, a Tyler attorney, shot and killed his ex-wife, Kenzie Lynn Lewis, before turning the gun on himself at his Hidden Hill Lake home.

A family friend that night had driven Ms. Lewis to Blow's home at 10229 W. Lakeshore Drive off of Texas Highway 31 West where the divorced couple's two children were visiting their father, said Lt. Tony Dana of the Smith County Sheriff's Office.

While Ms. Lewis went inside about 6:30 p.m., the friend remained in the car and fell asleep. When she awoke almost two hours later, she entered the home and found Blow's and Ms. Lewis' bodies, Dana said.

The divorced couple's two sons, ages 5 and 7, were in the home at the time but were unharmed and did not witness the shootings.

"They were in a totally separate part of the residence at the time and had no idea what occurred," Dana said.

The two boys now are staying with a grandparent, he said.
Smith County sheriff's investigators are awaiting the results of autopsies that were ordered for Blow and Ms. Lewis.

An autopsy also was ordered Saturday, in an unrelated case, for the body of an unidentified black woman that was found earlier that day on County Road 2191 southeast of Tyler near Paluxy Drive.

Because of the condition of the body and evidence at the scene, sheriff's officials believe the woman's death was a homicide. 

As of Sunday, though, they had not been able to positively identify the victim.
Officials said she was between 18 and 35 years old and was wearing a black and green floral shirt, black capri pants and white socks and shoes.

Investigators were unable to determine whether the woman was killed at the location or her body was brought there later. The location on CR 2191 is near a dirt path that forks from the roadway where officials said nearby residents often dump trash and brush.

Officials said the woman's body had been at that location for no longer than 24 hours before it was discovered by a passing motorist Saturday afternoon.
Saturday's two homicides were the first in Smith County this year, sheriff's officials said.

Anyone with information about the homicide or the unidentified woman matching the description is asked to call the Smith County Sheriff's Office 24-hour hot line at 903-566-6600.
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