WEST, Tex., -- Rudolph Nemecek, 53, a director of
the West National bank, shot and critically wounded his nephew, Johnnie Nemecek,
30, in the Nemecek Brothers Market here late Thursday, then killed
Testimony at an inquest conducted by Acting Coroner
E. H. Bresler showed that Rudolph Nemecek walked into the market and shot his
nephew in the back of the neck with a shotgun, then attempted to turn the gun on
himself but was disarmed by bystanders.
He fled from the store, obtained another gun from
an unknown source and drove to the home of Joe Holy, half a mile east on
West. Holy said Nemecek sat down on the running board of the automobile
and fired both barrels of the shotgun at himself, the charge blowing off one of
his ears but failing to wound him fatally.
"Get away -- I know what I'm doing," Holy quoted
him as saying when Holy attempted to wrest the gun from Nemecek.
He reloaded both barrels of the gun as Holy
watched, horrified, placed the muzzle of the gun in his mouth and pressed
trigger with a stick. That blast was fatal.
The motive for the shooting remained a mystery,
although friends of the Nemecek family, prominent at West, said Rudolph Nemecek
and his nephew had quarrel over business affairs of the market, in which both
owned an interest. Johnnie Nemecek is a son of Rudolph's older brother, A.
Nemecek. he has a wife and baby daughter. His uncle is survived by
his widow and four daughters, Mamie, Hattie and Georgia of West, a Mrs. Williams
of Crystal City; and a son, Freddy, of West.
Big Spring Herald, Friday, March 2,
Submitted by Rosemary