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City of Joaquin Unites Following Friday's Terrifying Experience - April 30, 2012
Composed by J.J. Ford

Last Friday, fear gripped the town of Joaquin after Bobby Grubbs, accompanied by his wife Deedra Grubbs, allegedly shot three people at the Joaquin Country Inn. The couple was already on the run after a home invasion and brutal beating of a women in the Woodlands.

According to local officials, Martha Acevedo-Chan, a housekeeper, lost her life. Sam Watts, a maintenance worker, was shot in the head and in the shoulder and is in stable condition at LSU hospital in Shreveport, LA. The third gunshot victim, Marilyn Retamar, another housekeeper at the Country Inn, is out of the hospital after being treated for a bullet graze to the head. All three victims not only worked in Joaquin but lived there as well.

Jaey Retamar, son of Marilyn, speaks at the prayer vigil.

Acevedo-Chan was the mother of six children who are now coping and devastated by their loss. Watts, a former employee of the City of Joaquin, is known and respected by many. Retamar is a mother whose son has promised to love and cherish her more after this tragic experience.

The community of Joaquin joined together in a prayer vigil Sunday, April 29th at 7:30pm at Joaquin Town Square. Not only friends and family members of those affected attended but also many members of the community came to lift up in prayer all those touched by the terrifying experience.

Bro. Paul Silvey, pastor of First Baptist Church of Joaquin, thanked everyone for coming and gave family members an opportunity to speak. Jaey Retamar, a student at Joaquin ISD and the son of Marilyn Retamar, gave his testimony.

Jaey Retamar said, "What I realized is that out of every situation in life; there is a lesson to be learned. God does things for purposes; He doesn't do them by mistake." Jaey Retamar continued to say how the situation has brought him and his mother closer together.

Mayor Mike Woods then spoke a few words followed by a nephew of Sam Watts. Many pastors of area churches came forward to pray for the family of Acevedo-Chan, for Watts and Retamar's recovery, and for the community.

One pastor's words were: "So many times we see tragedy happen before us on the television screen. Many times maybe they don't really seem real to us but they have been made very real to us in the last few days... I pray that we will respond to this tragedy in a way that will bring honor and glory to you."

The Grubbs are currently in custody in the Montgomery County Jail. They were arrested Friday, April 27th, five and a half hours after the shooting.

Area pastors gather to pray for the victims and their families.

People attending the Prayer Vigil at Joaquin Town Square.


Triple Shooting in Joaquin, Suspect Still at Large - April 27, 2012

Update (2:45pm): According to Scott Engle with Montgomery County Police Reporter, Bobbie Grubbs was captured in the Cleveland area and is now in custody. Engle is in enroute to the scene and more information will be posted as it comes available.

(Article on suspect at large, Bobby Grubbs) Former housekeeper accused of robbing, tying up Woodlands resident - Link

ARMED and DANGEROUS - Bobby Dwayne Grubbs, 42, white male, 5'9", 195 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair, last known to be driving a 2002 Olds Alero, 2 door, gray in color, LIC# DH4K251

The Shelby County Sheriff's received a 911 call at 9am Friday morning, April 27, 2012 concerning a shooting at the Joaquin Country Inn off of Hwy 7 in Joaquin, Texas.

According to Sheriff Newton Johnson, there were three gunshot victims. One of the victims was deceased on arrival, one of the victims was life flighted to LSU hospital in Shreveport, and the other one was taken to Shelby Regional Hospital in Center. The names of the three victims has not been released at this time.

Authorities are searching for a suspect by the name of Bobby Grubbs, 42, in connection to the shooting. It is believed the suspect fled the scene in one of the victim’s cars. Please be on the lookout for a 2002 Gray Oldsmobile Alero with Texas license plate DHFK251. Please call law enforcement if you see this vehicle.

Sheriff Newton said, "He is considered armed and extremely dangerous."

Law enforcement blocked off the entrance to the property as they searched and secured the area. Texas Rangers are on scene at this time starting their investigation.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department 936-598-5600 or 936-598-5601.


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