Brian Stone was born on 9 Sept 1978 and lived most of his life around Doniphan, MO.
I met him when I was maybe three or so and we have been friends our entire lives.
When I was a kid still living in Texas, one of my favorite things about summer breaks in Missouri was the ability to get to hang out with Brian.
We hung out pretty often until I was in my late teens and a handful of times since becoming an adult.
The last time being a couple years ago floating down Current River.
I was always proud to have Brian as my friend.
I got the news on the 5th of November.
My oldest friend, the guy I have known my entire life was shot and killed.
He was shot on 3 Nov and his sister wrote me a message on Facebook that I woke up to Saturday the 5th.
I asked her how he died and she told me he was shot but did not give me any more information.
I left it at that because I did not want to upset her further.
So I looked online:
RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) –
A death investigation is underway right now in Ripley County after a man was shot and killed.
According to the Missouri Highway State Highway Patrol, it happened on Thursday.
Preliminary evidence indicates the person that shot the man did it in self-defense.
Ripley County Coroner Mike Jackson said the man died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
He was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m.
No one is in custody at this time.
Investigators have not released the name of the man that was killed.
The news didn’t give me much more than the sister did except that he was shot in self-defense.
The last time the news article was updated was 4 Nov. I wrote the reporter who wrote the article and have never received an email back.
I just wrote the news agency and they told me to call tomorrow so I may do that.
Since I have not heard from the news agency, I decided to start asking friends that we both had in common to let me know what was going on.
I found one.
They told me that Brian had gotten drunk ( which was not uncommon) and was beating the fuck out of his wife (which from what I hear, unfortunately, was also not uncommmon).
In defense, she shot him in the chest and killed him.
Brian has always been and will always be my friend but I do not abide abuse.
I am proud to call him my friend, I am not proud of his actions, I am, however, proud that his wife took it upon herself to defend her life.
Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes.
Rest in Peace, brother.