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Woman tried to save the life of a Roland Street stabbing victim

BEAUMONT - by Jessica Crawford

Antoniette Sonnier, a nurse who was in her home at the time, tried to save the life of a victim of yesterday's stabbing.

"He just kept telling me, 'I can't breathe. I can't breathe,'" Sonnier said. "And I told him, I said, 'Don't worry, help is on the way, just be calm. Don't worry.'"

Beaumont police say two men were stabbed yesterday at a house on the 3300 block of Roland Street. One of the men was found dead at the scene, but the other man walked as far as the 6700 block of Bigner Street. He stopped at a church next door to Sonnier's house.

"You couldn't see the wound, and he wasn't bleeding from the front. but I saw blood," Sonnier said. "And when he got up and tried to roll over, that's when I seen the wounds in his back, and he rolled back down and I saw the wounds in his neck. I wasn't thinking about the wounds in his back. I knew the wounds in his neck were more serious and important so I grabbed his shirt to apply pressure to his neck."

Police say the stabbings were related to a 'drug deal turned robbery attempt.'

They charged five suspects with murder. The suspects are 37-year-old Robert Cleveland Gallo, 35-year-old Monte Dewayne Gallo, 33-year-old Jeffrey Dewayne Zacharie, 42-year-old Terry Lynn Whittington, and 39-year-old Jerald Charles Whittington.

Sonnier says that that even though the victim's deaths could be linked to a drug deal, they didn't deserve to die the way they did.

"It broke my heart to see a person like that because no one deserves to die like that," she  said. "I don't care what the situation is. Nobody deserves to have their life taken like that."

Five people arrested after two men killed during drug deal and robbery
UPDATE -- Beaumont police have arrested five people after two men were murdered Friday.

Investigators say it was a case of a drug deal that turned to robbery and ended in death.

It happened around 1:00 p.m. Police received several calls about a man with blood on his back.

Police arrived at the 6700 block of Bigner Street to find the man with several stab wounds.

The victim was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital where he died.

After talking to witnesses at the scene, police learned the man lived around the corner from where he was found on Roland Street.

When police arrived at the home on the 3300 block of Roland Street, they found a deceased man inside the home.

The names of the men who died have not yet been released.

Stay with KFDM News for updates.

Calm before the storm

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - Severe weather is possible in Southeast Texas Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

Watch KFDM News and stay with for updates.

Higher moisture levels continue to move in off the Gulf which will result in mostly cloudy skies through Saturday. 

A few showers will be possible Friday with widespread showers and thunderstorms expected Saturday evening into Saturday night.  Some of the storms could be severe.

Temperatures Friday will reach the low 70's with about a 30% chance of rain.

Rain chances increase to 80% Saturday into early Sunday morning.


Investigators: Registered sex offender accused of rape on the run for months is arrested
KFDM News - A 56-year-old registered sex offender is back behind bars after being on the run for months.

Terry Howard was convicted of aggravated rape in 1981, and he was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in July of this year.

According to investigators, the girl was was at a friend's house when Howard said he would drive her to the store.

Instead, Howard took her to a house. According to the girl, he made her smoke marijuana, undress and have sex.

A warrant was issued for Howard, but he managed to escape authorities until today (Friday, Nov. 22).

His bond has been set at $900,000.

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