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DALLAS (CBS11) – A Dallas man killed in a home invasion robbery last week may have been set up by a former coworker.
According to police, 61-year-old John Horton was attacked in his home by two men with shotguns while he was distracted by someone he knew: 21-year-old Jayona Jones.
Sources tell CBS11, Jones was a former co-worker at the Grand Prairie Walmart where Horton had worked for years.
“Wonderful guy,” says Betty Lewis, a Walmart associate who today described Horton as an “all around good guy… He came to my rescue more than once. He could do anything you asked him to do. Anything.”
Meanwhile, Walmart associates devastated by the loss gathered Wednesday afternoon to share memories and release balloons in Horton’s honor.
“Heartbroken,” says co-worker Brandy Magana, “[I] couldn’t believe it. Shocked.” Magana says she’d last spoken to Horton last Tuesday. He’d offered to stay late to finish up a project. “That’s just the kind of guy he was.”
Lewis says Horton was looking forward to retiring on his birthday in November.
“He was going to be 62 and he could not wait to go play golf. He was a wonderful guy,” says Lewis. “He was a good friend.”
According to Dallas Police, 31-year-old Raul Sanchez, 24-year-old Marino Sanchez, and 26-year-old Pedro Alarcon devised a plan for Jones to distract the victim, while Raul Sanchez and Marino Sanchez robbed him.
Horton died in an exchange of gunfire while Jones hid in a closet and then ran from the area on foot.
A witness, who police have declined to identify, citing safety concerns, heard the gunfire.
According to police, that witness shot Raul Sanchez after Sanchez allegedly pointed a shotgun at him.
Sanchez died at the scene. Marino Sanchez was also wounded.
Alarcon drove Marino Sanchez from the scene to a local medical facility. Patrol officers responded and were able to arrest Alarcon and Jones.Marino Sanchez is currently being hospitalized at Parkland for the gunshot wounds he received and is being charged with capital murder.
Alarcon and Jones are in the Dallas County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
“Wasn’t going to happen here, but it did,” says neighbor Roy Martin, “Too close, too close, ma’am. Yes ma’am.”
Martin lives nearby and regrets that he and Horton never got in that promised game of golf.
“Kind of quiet guy, loved to play golf,” says Martin. “He was nice, never caused any trouble. Didn’t deserve this: but, who does?”
“Never find another John,” says Lewis. “Never. Ever. Walmart lost a wonderful worker and we lost a great friend…we did. And he will always be missed…always.”
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