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UPDATE: Rusk man found dead in ditch being investigated as homicide

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Xavier Lang (family photo) Xavier Lang (family photo)
RUSK (KYTX) - UPDATE: Rusk Police are now investigating the death of Xavier Lang as a homicide.

Lang who was found unconscious in a ditch Tuesday died of his injuries Wednesday night.


RUSK (KYTX) -- A young man is in critical condition at an East Texas hospital after being found unconscious in a ditch in Rusk.

A passer by called police after seeing 22-year-old Xavier Lang laying alongside Underwood Street behind the McDonalds around 8:30 Tuesday night. Investigators said it was not clear how Lang had been injured, adding that it remained under investigation as of Wednesday afternoon.

"We don't know what happened to him," Lang's mother Tracy Justice said. "And from what everybody's saying, they don't know."

Justice and other family members met with us off hospital grounds after they said Lang's wife had them kicked out.

"A whole family, grieving," she said. "People that care for him, love for him."

Justice said the tension came from Lang's wife, Jana Isaacs, who told her via text message that Lang had jumped from a truck they were riding in.

"And she don't know where he went," Justice said. "There was no way my son got up and walked, if he jumped out of that car."

"I know that he would not have jumped out of that car. I know my brother," Lang's sister Alea said. "I know he would not have jumped out and put his own life at risk. Somebody did something to him and I want whoever did something to him to pay for what they did."

According to the family, Lang's brain is bleeding and the pressure inside will almost certainly kill him.

"The hospital tells us there's no way he jumped out of a car because the back of his head is not torn up," Justice said. "And the brain damage that he has, he would have had to be going 65 miles per hour."

Many family members said they're tired of changing stories and what they believe are lies.

"You left him ten miles from his house," Alea said. "You need to pay for something. You did something to my brother."

Now they want answers.

"He has never woken up. He cannot tell me what happened to him," Justice said. "So I can't know what happened to him unless I get some help from people who can tell me what happened to my son."

By phone, Isaacs said she loves her husband. She denied having anything to do with his injuries or the confusion surrounding how they happened.

A fund has been set up to help pay for Lang's medical bills. It's in the name of Xavier Lang at Austin Bank. Family members will also be placing collection jars at stores around Cherokee County.

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