Graveside services were held Sunday afternoon, May 5, 1991, in Spur Memorial Cemetery for Juan Soto Fraga, 20. Carroll Robertson, Crosbyton, officiated at the service.
Fraga was found dead behind the burning home of his parents about 7:55 p.m. Friday. Justice of the Peace Bonnie Edwards ruled death was due to a self-inflicted gunshot.
Born June 23, 1960 in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico, he had resided here since 1970. He was a farm laborer.
Spur Fire Marshall and Police Chief Woody Woodward said Fraga apparently used gasoline, or some flamable liquid, to set fire to the home. A relative of the dead man came to the Spur police station at about 7:30 p.m. to report that Fraga had set the house on fire. The home was located at 709 Miller Street.
The police chief said when he arrived at the scene the home was totally engulfed in flames. A neighbor told Woodward that Fraga was in the backyard and had a gun. Shortly afterward, the police chief heard screams and when he went into the backyard found Fraga lying dead. a rifle and several cartridges were scattered in the grass.
Fraga´s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Domingo Fraga, a sister and two brothers, lived in the house.
Eighteen Spur Volunteer Firemen fought the blaze and had to return later in the night when it flared again.
Surviving besides the parents are three brothers, Martin Fraga, Houston; Moses and Elias Fraga, Spur; three sisters, Argentina Fraga, Patricia Fraga and Priscilla Fraga, all of Spur.
©The Texas Spur, May 9, 1991Submitted by Kay Laster From the records of Lillian Grace Nay
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