Gruetli Lagger Murder Investigation Underway

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 7/30/2012 7:18 pm

For Grundy County Sheriff Brent Myers, it is a murder case that has actually brought tears to his eyes.

Sheriff Myers adds, "It's tore the whole community apart."

On Sunday afternoon, deputies say, Kurt Brewer had been calling at least three of his friends, threatening them.

Sheriff Myers adds, "Basically telling them at first that he was going to shoot the vehicles that they were driving. Another call was that he was going to shoot Corey."

And all over $25, according to deputies.

Now, after hours of threats, witnesses say Brewer acted on one of them, murder.

Court papers say he went to a Gruetli Laager home, and shot his friend, Corey Henry, three to four times from about 10 feet away.

Some bullets we are told went into his legs, some into his back.

Sheriff Myers says, "The whole group is friends, they went to school together and they've known each other since school and I guess this is why it's so devastating to the community, everybody is so close."

Investigators say Brewer left the scene after he shot Henry, but then later showed officers were he dropped the gun.

Sheriff Myers adds, "I don't know of a soul that we've talked to that ever suspected that something like this to happened."

Actually, Brewer's family tells us he was a certified electrician, had a baby on the way, and was in good spirits, so they do not know what happened.

Sheriff Myer's says he cannot imagine drugs playing a factor, but that is something they are looking into.

Sheriff Myers adds, "Being the kind of people they are, them being such good character, you don't suspect that."

Now, it could be a year before this case goes to trial, and Sheriff Myers says in the meantime, he will be there to support his community.

We are told the victim in this case, Henry, leaves behind a 1-year-old daughter.

Brewer makes his first court appearance next Wednesday.

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