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Sister of Kilgore shooting victim: "Why her? Why her?"

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Elizbeth Ann Vinson (Courtesy Facebook) Elizbeth Ann Vinson (Courtesy Facebook)
Randy Vinson (Courtesy Gregg County Jail) Randy Vinson (Courtesy Gregg County Jail)
GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) -

Police released the names Tuesday night of the two people killed in a shooting earlier in the day near Kilgore. Elizabeth Ann Vinson was shot by her brother-in-law Randy Vinson. Police later shot Randy.

Highway 31 remained shut down at 7:00pm between Old 135 and Highway 135 as investigators continued collecting evidence.


When the shooting first unfolded around 10:00am, Kimberly Paredes witnessed police chasing after Randy.

"We were coming up and next thing I knew I saw a whole bunch of rifles coming at me and I head them holler 'Stop!' and I saw a gentleman down in the ravine," Paredes said.

Having happened upon the wrong place at the wrong time, she saw the Elizabeth's body inside a black SUV before police started shooting.

"We just heard them keep shooting," she said. "And there at the end it just sounded like overkill. It was so bad."

Kilgore Police Assistant Chief Roman Roberson said Randy left his officers no choice.

"He came out of the wooded area, he was re-engaged with the officers and he was shot and killed," Roberson said.

Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said several children and one adult were on the property when Randy shot Elizabeth.

In all, four Kilgore police officers and one Gregg County deputy were involved in fatally shooting Randy. They have been taken off of field-duty in order to be interviewed and debriefed.

Throughout the day investigators from Kilgore, Gregg County and the Texas Rangers combed the highway for evidence.

But nothing they could do would be enough to comfort Elizabeth's sister.

"My sister would not harm a soul," Lucretia Burdwell said in an exclusive interview with the Tyler Morning Telegraph. "She would help a man off the streets. Give people food when they need it. Why her? Why her?"

Burdwell said Elizabeth had recently kicked Randy, her brother-in-law, out of the house they shared on Highway 31.

Burdwell was left wondering why he decided to kill her.

"I don't know exactly,' she said. "All I know is I'm hurt."

Elizabeth left behind three children and a husband, according to family members.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the case as part of their standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

 

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