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Victim 24

Terry Lee LaGrone

LaGrone

Terry Lee LaGrone, 40, left behind three children and a host of people who loved him when he was killed in July along with Desiree Sheets.

Fort Wayne firefighters responded to a house fire on Senate Avenue. After the blaze was extinguished, the bodies were found inside the home. A follow-up investigation showed both had been shot, and investigators determined the fire had been intentionally set.

A $10,000 reward offered by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the Fort Wayne police and fire departments, hasn't yet led to the identification of those responsible. The case remains under investigation.

Attempts to reach family members by phone were unsuccessful. Several phone numbers were not in services or messages were not returned.

LaGrone was a licensed barber employed at Jerrell's Barber Shop in Fort Wayne. He did his barber apprenticeship in Minnesota under a master barber. He saw many men requesting razor cuts and shaves. So when he returned to Fort Wayne and started working at Jerrell's, he thought it would be good for business to offer the same services in the city.

"A razor makes you look much more polished," LaGrone said in a prior Journal Gazette article. "I look at using a razor like a painter putting on the finishing touches on a painting: You want it to stand out from the rest."

nkelly@jg.net

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