Local effort to aid Emory man who lost wife, sons to murder

From Staff Reports

March 12, 2008 - When tragedy strikes in this part of the world, neighbors respond, even if they don't know each other or live in the same community.

Mandy Lozuk, owner of the Status Salon, has organized a collection drive for Terry Caffey, the Emory man whose wife and two young sons were shot, stabbed and then burned to death in a fire that consumed their home earlier this month.

"For me, I couldn't imagine a worse thing happening," Lozuk said in a telephone interview. "He lost his wife, his two sons and his home. He even lost his vehicle in the fire."

Caffey's daughter, 16, has been charged in the murder along with three others, including her boyfriend.

The girl is being held at a juvenile detention center in Hunt County. Rains County prosecutors say they have not yet decided if they will seek to charge her as an adult.

According to arrest affidavits, the girl and boyfriend Charlie James Wilkinson, 19, plotted to kill Penny and Terry Caffey after they forbade her from dating the Rains High School senior.

''Wilkinson stated that he and (the girl) were in love and the only way they could be together is to kill the parents,'' the complaints state.

Wilkinson, schoolmate Bobbi Gale Johnson, 18, and Charles Allen Waid, 20, are all charged with three counts of capital murder. They and Terry Cafffey's daughter are being held on $1.5 million bond each.

Terry Caffey survived the attack in the early morning hours of March 1, even after he was shot five times. He crawled to a neighbor's house 300 yards away to get help. His wife, Penny and two sons, Matthew, 13 and Tyler, 8 were killed in the incident.

Lozuk is collecting items for Caffey through Saturday, March 29, at her salon at 101 Bill Bradford Road in Windsor Plaza.

"I talked to Mr. Caffey's preacher yesterday," Lozuk said. "He's living with his in-laws and his sister and is hoping to find an apartment soon. Whatever we can gather up for him will be just one less thing for him to worry about."

According to Luzak, Caffey wears a man's large shirt and size 33/34 pants. They'll accept clothing or any household items and deliver them to Caffey after March 29.

"We're going to take everything we collect to his church in Emory," Lozuk explained.

For more information, call Status Salon at 903-439-2091.

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