'It's a nightmare': Local family seeks answers after father of 2 murdered

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen family is searching for answers after a father of two was found murdered Saturday in Dallas.

For Susan Watson, losing her 39-year-old son, Damon LeRome Hines, has taken away an important piece of her life.

"It’s a nightmare…one that we won't stop living for a while,” she said.

Hines was found dead early Saturday morning by Dallas police. He was inside an apartment complex on East Ledbetter Road. Dallas police say they responded to the apartment complex around 1:12 a.m. for a shooting call.

Police believe his death is a homicide and are still searching for his killer.

"Parents aren't supposed to bury their children and just the very thought of it has us all blown away,” Watson said.

Hines’ family is left wondering why anyone would want to kill him.

"The thought that somebody would kill him without realizing that he was a loving son, loving brother, loving dad, he had two sons,” Watson said.

Hines was a Navy veteran, his mother says, growing up in a military family. Watson, Hines’ father and stepfather served in the Army.

Killeen was his home until he moved to Temple.

"He had a lot of love, he was a people person. He also felt misunderstood, so it's kind of hard to describe him. He was always on the go. I loved him,” Watson said.

The family is hoping anyone who may know what happened Saturday night to contact Dallas police.

"I have waves of crying, waves of anger. I don't feel like I’m doing enough, but then I don't know what to do,” Watson said.

Hines' funeral will be held at 12 p.m. on May 17 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Burial services will follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

The family is asking anyone attending to wear a t-shirt with your favorite band or artist "in honor of Damon's love of music."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dallas Police Department Homicide Detective D. Chaney, #7830, at 214-671-3650 or derick.chaney@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us with the case number 088228-2019. Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.