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Friend of Beaumont murder victim recalls childhood memories

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Cody Crabtree, 26, of Beaumont (Photo: facebook.com) Cody Crabtree, 26, of Beaumont (Photo: facebook.com)
Police Friday locate vehicle sought as part of investigation Police Friday locate vehicle sought as part of investigation
BEAUMONT -

Beaumont Police have seized the truck belonging to a man who was murdered Thursday afternoon.

Police say Cody Crabtree, 26, was shot during an apparent drug deal and died from his injuries Friday morning. The shooting happened at an apartment complex in the 2500 block of Primrose Street in the city's north end.

Police say Crabtree suffered at least two gunshot wounds to the upper body. He was taken by ambulance to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth where he later died.

Police say after the shooting, three men jumped in Crabtree's truck then fled the scene.  The vehicle was found Friday afternoon in a secluded, wooded location off of East Delaware.  Officers with a K9 began searching the area.

12News spoke to Meagan Mejia who was a lifelong friend of Crabtree's.

"He was the sweetest person. He would give you the shirt off his back if he could. He liked to run around and talk to people. He always had little sayings he would do," says Mejia.

Mejia showed 12News the quiet neighborhood in Silsbee where the two grew up just houses apart.

"He would ride the golf cart on two wheels around the curve down there to come as fast as he could to my house," she says.

Mejia last spoke to Crabtree on the phone while he was out with friends. She said he invited her to come join the group. She didn't know at the time that it would be her last conversation with a man she called a brother.

Now, she's hoping his killers are caught.

"We need to find them and they need to pay for what they've done to him," she says.

Sgt. Rob Flores with the Beaumont Police Department is certain police will find them.

"This is just another piece of the puzzle that's gonna lead us to a clear picture of actually who committed this crime," he says.

As Mejia waits for police to crack this case, she will forever remember a man who always made her and others smile.

"Cody was the type of person that everybody would want to be around. If you didn't know him, within five minutes you would have know him. He was really easy to know and easy to get along with. Everybody loved Cody," she said.

She said Cody worked at a title company with his mother, he was an only child, and that his lifelong dream was to become a pilot. She says he was going to soon start aviation school.

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