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Friday, May 20, 2005

Brownwood Domestic Terrorist on the Loose: Who Killed Leon Laureles ?

Brownwood Unsolved Murder Victim from 1996. Murder investigated by Dallas Private Investigator
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    Did the Brown County Texas Ranger, Bobby Grubbs (Now Brown County's Newly Elected Sheriff), seek outside help with his investigation of this case ? Did investigators look at Kroger Vendors ? With all the hate being spewed from the airwaves of KXYL maybe they should investigate some of the callers who speak of violent actions against gays, immigrants, etc. Who was doing all the Gay Bashing on the airwaves in 1996 ?
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    san angelo standard times
    West Texas news: May 11, 1996
    Brown County officials investigate death
    S-T Correspondent
    BROWNWOOD - Brown County law enforcement officers are looking for suspects in the apparent
    murder of a 29-year-old Brownwood man.
    The body of Juan Leon Laureles was discovered early Friday after firefighters went to a vehicle fire
    on Farm-to-Market Road 2126.
    At approximately 12:30 a.m., a motorist placed a 911 call reporting a burning vehicle on FM 2126.
    A second report, from a caller just getting off work, confirmed the fire.
    Fire department personnel and sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the scene and, while the fire was
    being extinguished, a body was discovered a few feet from the vehicle.
    According to Brown County Chief Deputy Glen Smith, Laureles was shot in the back of the head.
    ``The body was not burned and had not been set on fire,'' said Smith. ``All we know right now is that
    he (Laureles) left his home six miles west of Brownwood on Highway 67-84 at approximately 11:30
    p.m.
    ``He was due at his work at Kroger at midnight. He never showed up.''
    Smith said officers did not know if Laureles was robbed, and no motive had been established for his
    death.
    ``The only leads we have right now is we are trying to locate an unknown model pickup, possibly a
    one-ton, possibly red and off-white or beige with no bed on the truck,'' Smith said. ``The truck was
    seen in the area prior to the time the vehicle and the body were discovered.
    ``Right now we are talking to family members, co-workers and close friends of the victim.''
    The body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy.
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