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Family seeks justice for murdered father

By ErinPradia
Dec. 3, 2011 at 6:03 a.m.
Updated Dec. 4, 2011 at 6:04 a.m.

Walter Arnold Sr.

After three years of grief, the family of a murder victim is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the killing.

"Three years ago, my father was murdered in his bedroom," said Walter Arnold Jr., the victim's son. "The police have a suspect, but they need one more piece of the puzzle."

Walter Arnold Sr. was killed in the 700 block of Morning Glory Lane on Dec. 4, 2008.

One person was in the house with him the night he was murdered, the younger Arnold said, recalling what police told him.

Walter Arnold Sr. was found strangled that night, but the other person in the house did not call the police until the next day, Walter Arnold Jr. said.

While the case has not been closed the past three years, Victoria Assistant Police Chief Roy Boyd said all viable leads have been exhausted.

The family has begun a campaign to raise awareness about the crime.

Boyd said the Victoria Police Department will help promote the commercial that asks for information about this case.

"The case is still open. Our goal is to get this case solved and bring this case to a successful conclusion," Boyd said. "We will take what they have and see whether that leads to information that can help us close this case and bring some closure to this family."

Boyd said the video the family has prepared will be posted on the Victoria Police Department's website and promoted on as many venues as possible.

Arnold said, "I loved my father. He was my best friend, and we need help to find the person responsible for his death. Please contact us if you have any knowledge of this tragedy."

The elder Arnold was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. With his wife of 40 years, he raised seven children.

He worked during the day at Arnold Plumbing - which he founded - and attended school at night to better provide for his family.

The family remembers Walter Arnold Sr. for his love of life. When he was not hard at work, he enjoyed telling jokes, hunting and fishing.

He overcame many obstacles in his life including a tractor accident as a child, and a battle with cancer as an adult. He was told he was in remission from his cancer the day before he was found dead.

Arnold was also known for helping anyone in need - from family to complete strangers.

"My father was a great guy. I just want to do the best that I can to get justice for him," the younger Arnold said. "I'm very serious about that."

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