Halloween has brought back unpleasant memories for one Savannah, Missouri, man for nearly two decades.
Jeffrey Richter lost his good friend, Randy Crawford, on Oct. 31, 1998. On that Halloween night 20 years ago, Crawford was shot in the chest with an crossbow after opening his front door to two men dressed in costume.
“I believe I was at home and got a phone call from one of my friends that said Randy had been found dead in an alleyway in Savannah and had been shot. It was hard to imagine,” Richter said.
According to his Richter, his friend managed to escape, until one of the men shot Crawford several times with a pistol.
“I didn’t have any idea who could do it or why. I think a lot of friends were worried they weren’t going to find out who did it,” Richter said.
Richter went to Savannah High School with Crawford and remembered them playing fast-pitch softball together. Crawford went to at least five national tournaments, winning one.
Richter said his friend loved to hunt, fish, and watch the Kansas City Chiefs.
Crawford’s friends often gather together and reminisce about their good friend who died at 32. They have memorials set to be published in local newspapers Wednesday, for the 20th anniversary of Crawford’s death.
“I want to share his memory. I don’t want that to ever go away,” Richter said.
Crawford was buried next to his father in a Savannah cemetery.