Memorial Fund Established for Aggie Veterinarian Murdered in North TexasFeatured Stories, News Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
A memorial service will be held Saturday for an A&M vet school graduate who was murdered last weekend.
Dr. Deidra Blackmon, who graduated in 2010 with her DVM, was the designated driver for two girlfriends, one who was getting married, at the time she was shot as they were headed home following an outing to the Fort Worth stockyards.
Blackmon was an emergency veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas. The chief of staff at the Grapevine facility is Dr. Bruce Nixon, another Aggie who lives in College Station. Nixon’s wife, Dr. Sharman Hoppes, taught Blackmon at the A&M vet school.
Nixon, who was asked by Blackmon’s family to be their spokesman, says “the best thing to remember is that there’s been so much reporting about how Deidre died and what we would like to do is to get out the word about how Deidre lived, because she lived way too brief of a life, but what she gave to this world and to all of us and to our profession and to our classmates and our friends was joy that we just couldn’t deserve.”
Dr. Nixon wrote on the hospital’s website that “Like Deidra, we are all healers but are struggling how to heal each other. I wish I could compose some appropriate words, but sometimes there simply are no words which are appropriate. We are grateful that she was part of our lives. We will carry Deidra in our broken hearts, and remember that we have been graced by her presence and friendship. We are better people, and the world is a better place because of Deidra.”
Nixon said a memorial fund was established on behalf of the family “to be used to further the causes which Dr. Blackmon dedicated her life’s work.”
Blackmon’s memorial service is Saturday at 3 p.m. at Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway in Fort Worth.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Blackmon had stopped at a convenience store. Saginaw Police report while Blackmon went inside, one of her friends threw up near a parked car. Words were exchanged between Blackmon’s friends and a female passenger of the car. Shortly after both vehicles left the store, the driver of the second car pulled up to Blackmon’s car, fired three to five shots, and fled.
Blackmon died of gunshot wounds to the head. Police credit public assistance identifying the suspects from store video in the arrests of Jeffery Hansana of Haltom City for murder and Heather Rene Thompson of Euless for failing to report a felony.
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