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KCBD Investigates: Seven years of silence


It's been seven years of questions and seven years of silence for a South Plains family whose son was shot and killed in his own home.

25-year old Jonathan "Wongo" Kindle was murdered in October of 2006 in the small town of Goodland, located in Bailey County, about an hour and a half northwest of Lubbock.

Jonathan's brother Chris had always dreamt of farming with his brother when they got older.

"We had talked about it for years, that we were going to farm together," Chris said.

Though it's now impossible, the dream is not forgotten - stirred up like dust in the West Texas wind.

"Farming some of the land that he farmed, and I get to drive by this house every day. Yeah, it hurts," Chris said.

On the morning of Oct. 12, 2006, everything changed for the Kindle family.

"Six a.m., something like that, very heavy banging on the door. Didn't know what was going on," Jonathan's father Joey said. "The ranger and the sheriff showed up and said Jonathan was dead."

The family was told that Jonathan's girlfriend claimed to have driven from Lubbock to Goodland after hearing a struggle while speaking with him on the phone. When she arrived, she told law enforcement he was dead.

"It was staged to look like a burglary, nothing was taken. It was probably one individual - somebody he had to know," Joey said.

The DNA found on scene matched only people who had been in the house before. There was no forced entry and Jonathan wasn't the type to answer the door for a stranger.

"He was shot at medium range in the back of the head, so it had to be someone he trusted," Joey said.

However, just two weeks prior, there may have been a hint of the darkness that would soon follow.

"He came home and the back door was kicked down and he didn't know anything about it. There wasn't nothing missing, nothing moved, so he went out and bought a new door and didn't think nothing of it," Chris said.

A warning Chris now wishes his brother would have taken more seriously.

"Somebody examining the way the house lay, seeing where everything was and preparing, maybe," Chris said.

They have a few theories but no solid evidence. Desperate for answers, the family has taken matters into their own hands, taking out newspaper ads and offering a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

"There's a killer walking the street. Somebody we know and they can walk up behind you and do the same thing to us," Chris said.

Despite all the time that has passed, the family believes justice will eventually be served, either here or in Heaven.

"You eventually have to turn it all over to God or you'll drive yourself crazy," Joey said.

The Texas Rangers are investigating, along with the Bailey County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators are in the process of classifying the case as officially cold. If you have any information, please contact the Texas Rangers at (806)740-8973.

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