LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two people are dead after an early Saturday morning shooting in Tow, Texas, according to the Llano County Sheriff’s Office.
The office issued a press release at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. In it, the agency says that Preston Wessling, 38, and Evan Wessling, 14, were both found with gunshot wounds around 4:49 a.m. at the driveway of the family’s home on Airport Road.
KXAN spoke with Howard Wessling, Preston’s father and Evan’s grandfather, on Sunday. Through tears, he remembered the two, saying they were both good people.
“Preston was the most generous person there ever was,” Howard said, “and Evan was a good kid.”
Both were pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. The case is under investigation as a homicide.
Evan was a freshman at Burnet High School, and Burnet CISD officials released a statement Sunday that said it was “deeply saddened by the loss,” and that grief counselors would be available for students and staff on Monday.
The release states that LCSO deputies responded to the same area around 1 a.m. Saturday on a 911 call for shots fired. However, it is unclear if these incidents are connected, LCSO says.
Texas Rangers are also involved in the investigation.
“We don’t have crime out here, you know, it’s just a rural community,” Howard said. “We’ve had a lot of friends and community come by today, and that has given me something to lean on.”
LCSO asks anyone with information to contact the agency at (325) 247-5767 or to call Hill Country Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-TIPS (8477).
Howard and his family have set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs.