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    Just got this news from RSIG

    Sent: Friday, October 02, 2015 4:02 PM
    Subject: Odessa, TX Repossessor Shot and Killed

    We have unfortunately received word of another repossessor shot and killed this week. This time the event occurred in Odessa, Texas. Brandon Russell was shot multiple times and died at the hospital. Police have identified but are still looking for the suspect. A link to the article is below.

    An associate of the repossession business owner contacted the Recovery Agents Benefit Fund in the hope that we may be able to assist this repossessor's family during what is a very difficult time.

    Those wanting to make donations to help this family and others can do so by going to our website and clicking the donation link at the top of the page. This will take you to our PayPal site where donations can be made via electronic check or credit card.

    You can also fax a check to our attention to 703-365-0753. Or you can mail your donation check to PO Box 4102, Manassas, VA 20108.

    Odessa Police are still searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting that happened late Wednesday night.
    Police say the suspect, 29-year-old Kalifah Muhammad, is accused of gunning down 24-year-old Brandon Russell just before 11 p.m. at the Acacia Apartments parking lot.
    Russell suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the hospital.
    Muhammad is described as a 5'11, 165 pound black man with an afro.
    Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS immediately, as he is considered armed and dangerous.
    CBS 7 News spoke with several of Russell's friends Thursday who described him as a gentle giant who worked as a repo man and was just trying to do his job Wednesday night when he was killed.
    One of those friends was Israel Gomez, who also happens to be Russell’s supervisor at West Texas Auto recovery in Odessa.
    Gomez knows first-hand how dangerous it can be working as a repo man, but never did he think he’d have to bury one of his employees one day.

    "Turn en route to a disturbance at Oakwood and University, it’s going to be between the complainant and somebody trying to repossess his vehicle,” an Odessa Police Dispatcher said over the scanner. “The PSR can hear arguing and heard somebody mention a taser.”

    Just minutes after this 911 call was made, Russell, originally from El Paso, was allegedly shot and killed by Muhammad.

    Unfortunately, this is the ultimate act of violence that those in the repossession industry face when they leave for work every day.

    “We’re hard working members of the community just like everybody else is,” Gomez said. “We get a bad rep because we’re repo guys, but at the end of the day we’re fathers, we’re brothers, we’re husbands and we want to go home just like everyone else does.”

    Gomez was a longtime friend of Russell’s and as of last year became his boss.

    “Brandon was a good kid, he was a type of kid that helped everybody and anybody, treated everybody equally, loved everybody, loved his job, couldn’t hurt a fly this kid,” Gomez said. “This kid did not deserve to die, especially over a car.”

    Gomez has had a few close calls himself while on the job, from verbal threats to even having a gun pulled on him, but he says this tragic murder has put everyone in the company on high alert.

    “We’re going to mourn the loss of our brother, we’re going to regroup as a company, and we’re going to move forward,” Gomez said.