December 18, 1995 the day that changed my life. Having a jewelry
store in Texarkana was all I wanted so I could pass my store down to
my son. It was a cold rainy day and during the week of Christmas
when two want a be gang members came in wanting to buy a cross for
there girl friend. My son who was 15 yrs old was visiting me and was
at the store when this happened.
They put a gun to my head and made us lay down on the floor with
towels over or heads. I was laying right beside my son. He was
shaking so bad the his body was not touching the floor. I was not
afraid " Fear not for I am with thee be not dismayed for I am thy
God" was in my mind. I had no Fear. As one boy, not man, stepped on
me the other was putting the loot in a trash bag.
As I was laying on the floor it got very quiet, I went to get up to
hit the alarm. They were sneaking out the back door and saw me. At
this time I told them not to shoot. I layed down and they covered my
head with the towel. I Last heard a gun shot and then they shot me. I
woke up with a warm sensation. I was laying in a pool of my sons
blood. The bullet had ricoched off my skull and was found in the
towel. My only son Deric at the age of 15 did not survive.
Soon I went a little crazy. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Never
heard of this. You seem to want to kill others because of the rage
inside. You don’t understand how you feel. The dreams were very bad.
You dream of always looking for your son and yet you never can fine
him. I simply feel this is the worst thing that could happen to a
I actually went back to work months later and could not. What to do?
Filed bankruptcy and was devastated. No help came from the community.
To this day I am on no medication and am doing well in Little Rock. I
tried getting married again but it failed, but I have a new son Cross
and a new wife. My son is Downsyndrome and I will not have any grand
children. Thats OK. He is the greatest son I could Have.
I am a contract jeweler and I love to make Jewelry this is my life.
Hope this story will help someone who has suffered a Lost.
Eric"s Fine Jewelry