Family: Cavazos ‘crying out’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 20, 1999

VIDALIA, La. – Terry Cavazos had planned to head home from Seattle today to take his brother, Randy, back to Washington.

Instead, Terry will be attending his brother’s funeral.

Randy, 26, apparently killed himself Friday night after allegedly shooting his estranged girlfriend’s grandmother. The suicide ended a four-hour hostage standoff family members say stemmed from an emotional breakup earlier in the week.

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&uot;My son was crying out,&uot; said Valeria Cavazos, Randy’s mother. &uot;He died an empty, lonely person.&uot;

Randy had broken up with his girlfriend, Kristin Anderson, on Monday and was taking the separation hard, his family said.

On Friday, after apparently leaving suicide notes in his family’s home, Randy took a gun to the Anderson family’s mobile home, where he held Evelyn Anderson hostage.

&uot;We don’t know anymore on the sequence of events in the trailer than we knew Friday night,&uot; Sheriff Randy Maxwell said, adding that interviews are pending.

The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Department received a call around 5:24 p.m. Friday of gunshots at the 335 Eagle Road mobile home. For four and a half hours, Cavazos did not respond to calls from deputies at the scene. At around 10 p.m., a wounded Evelyn Anderson left the mobile home and told police Cavazos had shot her and then shot himself.

Police found Cavazos dead on the living room floor.

Anderson, who had been shot in the neck, was transferred to University Medical Center in Jackson, where she was listed in stable condition Saturday.

Since Cavazos’ death, his family has found suicide notes around their home at 111 Danny Drive in Vidalia.

&uot;He said, ‘Dear Dorie, I love you and I’ll see you in the stars,’&uot; said his sister, Dorie Cavazos, pointing to a note penned onto the backboard of a picture frame.

A smiliar note to the entire family was written inside a small copy of the New Testament, noting Randy was going to be with his brother Rennie, who drowned 10 years ago in Lake Concordia.

&uot;He was a nice kid,&uot; Dorie said. &uot;He was a lonely person. … He had friends, but he kept a lot inside.&uot;

The relationship between Cavazos and Anderson had been a rocky one, said his sister, Dena Reece. &uot;But he loved her so much, he couldn’t let her go,&uot; she said.

Kristin Anderson, mother of two of Cavazos’ children, had filed a charge of aggravated assault Thursday with Vidalia Police against him for threatening her with a gun.

Attempts to reach members of the Anderson family were unsuccessful Saturday.

Maxwell said the sheriff’s department was unaware of the domestic dispute until the violence erupted Friday.

&uot;There’s nobody to be charged,&uot; he said. &uot;We’ll finish up the interviews, and put it in the files.&uot;

Maxwell said Saturday the shooting was &uot;tragic.&uot;

&uot;There really is nothing to be done,&uot; he said.

Funeral services for Cavazos are planned for Monday, the family said.