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Shooting death shocks victims' family, friends

February 05, 2001

Shooting death shocks victims' family, friends



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


CAVETOWN - The family and friends of Tony Allen Lewis, who died Sunday night after being shot, remember him as a man who spent time with his son and liked being outdoors.

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"He was a very caring person," his sister, Teresa Smith, said Monday.

Lewis, 32, of Pleasant Valley Road in Smithsburg, died from a single shotgun wound to the shoulder inside a Robinwood Court apartment Sunday evening, according to Washington County Medical Examiner Dr. Arthur Horn.

The case was considered a possible homicide, Horn said.

An autopsy was conducted in Baltimore Monday morning, Sgt. Mark Faith of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Police recovered the weapon used in the shooting in Apt. 211 at 20209 Robinwood Court at 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Faith said.

The two people who live at the apartment were questioned and released, Faith said.

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Smith said a Washington County Sheriff's Department chaplain notified Smith of her brother's death Monday morning.

"They said he died quickly," which was comforting, Smith said.

She spent the day trying to get in touch with family members, including her parents, who were vacationing in Florida, she said.

Smith and other family members gathered at their parents' Cavetown home Monday afternoon and discussed Lewis' death and his final days.

They were shocked to hear of Lewis' death, said Smith, who said her brother celebrated a birthday on Feb. 1 and was getting his life together.

He had recently gotten a new job laying carpet for a Washington County business and moved out of his parents' Mapleville Road home.

He bought a trailer on Pleasant Valley Road where he lived with his 13-year-old son Joshua, she said.

Lewis shared custody of his son, she said.

Joshua Lewis said he and his dad frequently went hunting and fishing together, and that his father enjoyed watching NASCAR racing.

Smith said Lewis was a good brother and a thoughtful person who sent cards with handwritten messages.

"They would bring us to tears," she said.

Lewis attended Smithsburg schools and Garfield United Methodist Church.

Pastor Randy Reid described Lewis as friendly and compassionate.

"He was a fellow who tried to do whatever he could to help others," he said.

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