Families still searching for answers in 1998 murders

WICHITA FALLS - 7300 days after a double homicide in Wichita Falls and still no answers. For many, February 2nd, 1998, is just another day from the past. For others, that day has never come to an end.

"He would give the shirt off his back. He would always turn the other cheek," said Angela Culley, Leon Bragg's daughter.

That's how Culley remembered her father from 20 years ago.

"We're not any further or closer to catching whoever did it than the day it happened."

Neither Leon Bragg's daughter, nor area authorities, have learned anything  more surrounding the deaths of her father, as well as former Wells Fargo Vice President Hugh McDaniel.

According to investigators, McDaniel went to meet Bragg on February 2nd at The Gun Shop: the business Bragg owned at the time. While it's unknown exactly why they met that day, it's presumed they got together as friends do and told stories over a cup of coffee.

Tragically, that meeting and those stories shared would be their last. Bragg and McDaniel were bludgeoned to death. Their bodies were discovered later that day.

"[A] very disturbing scene.  For Wichita Falls, it was just a very brutal incident to have happened," stated Wichita Falls Police Chief Manuel Borrego.
    
The investigation is now left to the current Wichita Falls Police Chief  who says despite the length of time that's gone by, any unsolved case remains open.

"And, we do that for multiple reasons. One, we need to find out who did it. And two, we need to give the family some closure as to what happened," Chief Borrego explained.

While Culley waits for that closure and more information, there is one new thing she has learned.

"I don't want to hate. And I can't change what happened," Culley said. "Living with that torture all my life isn't going to change the outcome."

The outcome won't change; but very soon, Culley hopes, unanswered questions will. 

KFDX also received a statement from Hugh McDaniels daughter, Cathy,  who told us:

"All I can say is that there aren't many men left in this world where your word and a hand shake is all that is needed. He was that kind of man. He treated everyone with respect and he is missed every single day."

If you or someone you know has any information about this case, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers AT 800-322-9888.

You can remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward.
    
    
    
    

    
 


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