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$1,000 reward offered to find attacker who killed couple outside church
TYLER COUNTY - The Tyler County Sheriff has announced a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the attacker who shot and killed a couple Saturday, January 18 outside of a church near Colmesneil.
Sheriff Bryan Weatherford announced the reward during a news conference Monday, attended by relatives of Nathan and Krystal Maddox. The family said it wanted truth and justice and is grateful for the community's support.
The sheriff said autopsies Monday should help provide evidence. No one has been arrested.
Nathan Maddox, 35, and his wife, Krystal Maddox, 31, from Zavalla, were shot and killed Saturday outside Mount Carmel Baptist Church near Colmesneil.
Sheriff Weatherford said it was the location of a court-ordered child custody visitation site where the couple was seeing Nathan Maddox's 5-year old daughter. The sheriff said the little girl is in the custody of her maternal grandmother but there had been hearings about her permanent custody.
The sheriff says when the couple walked out of the church someone shot and killed them and left the scene. No one else was injured. A supervisor monitoring the visitation was inside the church.
"The supervisor, once she heard the gunshots called 911, she ran to the front door and locked it," Weatherford said.
First responders got to the church around 12:30 p.m. where they found the Maddox's.
Deputies haven't arrested anyone but said they've identified persons of interest.
"This was definitely something that law enforcement feels like that as definitely planned. It was not a random act," Weatherford said.
He said the planned attack is unusual in the small county.
"This is a tragic event for not only you know the families involved but for our whole county," Weatherford said. "We're so tight knit grouped everybody knows everybody."
"They were both nice people. I've known the girl since she was young," Garfield Lamon said. He's a preacher at a nearby church. "It's very tragic and you wouldn't think anything like that would happen in our community."
Autopsies are scheduled for Monday. Anyone with information can call the Tyler County Sheriff's Office at 409-283-2172 and remain anonymous.