25-year-old clerk gunned down in Kilgore

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 12:02pm

Working late at night in a tough part of town is chancy enough. Working late at night in an adult video store…that proved to be fatal for a Kilgore woman.

Kilgore looks peaceful, blanketed in snow like the rest of East Texas. But overnight, that peace was shattered by a gunshot.

The porch light is on at the Kilgore Adult Video Store on Industrial Avenue… but the sign says they are closed due to a power outage.

The real reason is a lot more tragic.

The call came in to the Kilgore police just after midnight from this adult bookstore. It was just a disturbance call, but when police arrived, it turned out to be something much more. A man apparently wanted money and a young female clerk was in the way.

Dead at the scene, 25-year-old Renee Garrett. She had been shot once. She had called her manager about a problem with a customer and he had called police.

The gunman took the cash box and an unknown amount of money.

Police say they are studying surveillance video and that with luck, that will help them identify the killer. The Gregg County video Corporation is offering a $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in this crime.


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