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Vigil to be held for dad found murdered outside home

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A vigil was scheduled for Thursday night for a man who police say was murdered in his driveway just minutes after he had made a quick trip to return a rented DVD.

Friends and family were expected to gather around 6:30pm Thursday in the driveway where Donny Frye died. They'd like to get answers about who killed the father of three.

Paul Weidenfeller still can't believe he will never share another laugh or a round of golf with his friend Frye again.

"Just friends, you know, just really good friends. He was such a neat, neat guy," Weidenfeller said.

Family members say Monday night, Frye went to a Redbox kiosk near his home to return a movie. Investigators say his wife fell asleep at home, only to wake up to a tragedy.

"She woke up around 1:30 and he wasn't home. She went to check the kids' rooms, all that stuff, didn't see him and went to go see if his car was in the driveway, and that's when she found him," Weidenfeller said.

Neighbors reported hearing a single gunshot around 9:30pm Monday. Paul Bartels lives across the street.

"Very, very friendly neighborhood. We never have any trouble down here, of course just some mischief from kids, that kind of thing, but just your average American neighborhood," Bartels said.

Friends say they can't imagine why anyone would want to kill Frye, a husband and a father of three. They're hoping someone will be held accountable for the crime.

"It was really an honor to have known Donny for the years that I've known him, and he's going to be sorely, sorely missed by a lot of people," family friend Van Robertson said.

Frye, who was the vice president of a division at DHL Global transportation company, will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Friends and family are hoping someone will phone in a tip to Crime Stoppers about his death. Crime Stoppers allows people to call in anonymous tips about crimes and the chance to get up to a $5,000 reward for successful leads. The hot line number is 713-222-8477.

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