published Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Robbery shooting may have been planned

On Friday, after most of the yellow police tape was taken down and the crime scene cleanup was done, the house where Chance LeCroy was shot and killed was eerily still.

Throughout the day, friends of 21-year-old LeCroy drove by the rental home, perched on a small hill at the dead end of Johnston Terrace in Hixson. Some who stopped said they had seen him just a few days or months before.

“It was a fun house. On the weekend, a lot of people were over here,” said Ryan Ashburn, a 20-year-old student at Chattanooga State Community College, as he walked around a yard littered with food wrappers and empty Natural Light cans.

LeCroy was killed Thursday morning in what police are calling a residential robbery.

According to police reports, LeCroy’s 21-year-old roommate, Tucker King, said he was asleep on the couch and woke to find two men in the room and a gun to his head. King told police that, instead of shooting him, the men ran out of the house, got into a truck and sped off.

King said he then found LeCroy dead in his bedroom, police reported.

On Friday, police said they had no further information on the case. Investigators were not available for comment, said Sgt. Jerri Weary, police spokeswoman.

As friends and family wait for answers, people have been pouring out sympathy to Emily Sailors, LeCroy’s girlfriend, who wrote on her Facebook page that LeCroy “made her heart go boom.”

“Stay strong for him,” Hannah Marsh, a friend of LeCroy’s, wrote on Sailors’ Facebook wall. “We all know he was a goofy, kind-hearted guy and this is beyond what anybody thought would ever happen to him. God took an angel back.”

On Friday, friends visiting the Johnson Terrace home said it was hard to imagine that LeCroy’s death was just a violent end to a random burglary. Several say they believe the shooting was a planned murder.

“It seems like they knew him,” said Harrison Eller, a 19-year-old who had been to the house before. “They went straight in and straight out.”

There weren’t a lot of strangers coming in and out of the house during parties, Eller said. LeCroy had been in a band that played local house shows, and it usually was the same group of people that found their way back to the Johnston Terrace home, he said.

Still, Ashburn said, people used drugs at the house and that could have put LeCroy in the path of more dangerous people.

Police said drugs could have been a motive for the crime. They reported drug-related items were found at the house after the shooting, but would not describe them.

about Joan Garrett McClane...

Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...

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erickacooper88 said...

Chance was a great guy! He will be missed! I dont understand why someone would want to do something like this to someone... RIP chance! You will be greatly missed!

September 11, 2010 at 4:54 p.m.
gitmotivated said...

from: Angie Sailors (emily's mom)

Chance was the kind of kid ANY parent would want for a son. He was very good to me and was never anything but respectful. He loved my daughter and treated her like a princess. He was a very hard worker and had goals set for his life. Each and everyday his life was full of helping someone. He did everything his grandparents asked him to do. ....they needed him for everything. He loved my cooking. he thought my grilled cheese sandwiches were amazing! (good grief), he was so easy to please.
when i needed my grass cut or gutters cleaned.....he was always there. yes i will admit i liked him as a helper, BUT I Loved him just being around. I will miss his sweet/dry humor, his beautiful smile and most especially the kind loving spirit that filled my home when he was in it. ....man, this is sad

September 12, 2010 at 11:01 p.m.
parent001 said...

I feel for this young man's family and my prayers go out for all. What concerns me is the beer can's and drugs. "There is a way that seems right to a man", Especially when you're young. Not trying to be negative here. Live for God young people.

September 14, 2010 at 9:01 a.m.
Rebe11ion said...

Everyone says drugs..... What kind? Without specifics these allegations can be regarded as trivial at best.

Parent001 your worried about beer? Why? They sell it at the gas station.

R.I.P. Chance. you will be missed.

September 17, 2010 at 1:07 a.m.
rlambert said...

I don't think it's fair that because drug paraphernalia is discovered at the scene of a crime that that crime should be any less vital to investigate. A young man who took part in some slightly unsavory activities was murdered in cold blood, where's the justice for him? He never murdered a man, and he was a very kind individual. You should not pass judgment on him or the people he chose to surround himself with. He was generous, kind, forgiving, and loving. Please do not concern yourself with matters that are not your own.

September 17, 2010 at 1:09 a.m.
parent666 said...

Right, because nothing bad ever happens to people who "live for god".

September 17, 2010 at 1:19 a.m.
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