Slain man was carpenter and outdoorsman

February 11, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

A Kearneysville, W.Va., man who was fatally shot outside a bar in the Middleway, W.Va., area early Sunday was remembered by family members Monday as a skilled carpenter who enjoyed the outdoors.

Larry G. Hose, 29, planned to start a carpentry business with a friend in the Williamsport area, said his mother, Mary Jacques, of Kearneysville.

Much of Hose's carpentry work involved home building, his mother said.

"He could build them from the ground up," Jacques said.

Hose was pronounced dead at about 3:13 a.m. Sunday at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., after he was shot once in the chest outside the Images bar along W.Va. 51, according to West Virginia State Police.


Hose had become involved in an argument inside the bar with Raymond E. Hoak, who is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting, according to a court official and a criminal complaint filed in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.

Hoak, 26, of Route 3, Kearneysville, was being held without bond in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg.

After the argument at Images, witnesses overheard Hoak say that he was going to wait for Hose to leave the nightclub, which is west of Charles Town near the intersection of W.Va. 51 and W.Va. 480, the complaint alleged.

The dispute continued outside the bar and witnesses said Hoak pulled a gun, the complaint said.

Hose raised his hands before being shot in the chest, the complaint said.

Authorities were informed that the gunman was last seen traveling east on W.Va. 51 in what appeared to be a white Dodge Intrepid, the complaint said.

Police eventually arrived at a house on Hite Road, where Hoak approached a trooper and raised his hands, the complaint said.

It remains unclear what started the argument between Hoak and Hose, West Virginia State Police Sgt. Deke Walker said Monday.

An autopsy was to be performed Monday, although it is pretty obvious that the gunshot to Hose's chest was the cause of death, Walker said.

The autopsy was being conducted at the state Medical Examiner's office, Walker said.

Hose's parents were trying to find answers Monday for why their son was killed.

"I don't know what happened or how it happened," said Hose's father, Cleal Hose, who lives in Moorefield, W.Va.

Cleal Hose said he moved to Moorefield after he and Hose's mother were divorced. Larry Hose is one of four children in the family, and the children stayed with their mother after the two split up, Cleal Hose said.

Larry Hose, who has three children, lived with his mother, family members said.

Larry Hose often worked for himself as a carpenter, his father said. Larry Hose enjoyed all types of sports and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing, his father said.

"There wasn't too many years go by that he wasn't deer hunting," Cleal Hose said.

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