Terrell Cowherd, 26, Was Held Down and Stabbed to Death While Trying to Break Up a Fight on Lower Greenville

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On Sunday afternoon, Terrell Cowherd's father undertook the somber duty of going through his son's things and offering an impromptu elegy to the reporters who showed up.

"He always said Dad and Mom, thank you for everything," he said. "Thank you for all you've given me, thank you for all you've done. And you know what I would say to him? Thank you, son."

Cowherd, 26, two years out of Prairie View A&M with an engineering degree, 10 months into a job at Luminant, was on Lower Greenville early Saturday morning when a fight broke out in front of Club Kush hookah lounge. He stepped into the fray to break up the fight and calm things down. "Mr. Cowherd is a good Samaritan," as Major Jeff Cotner of the Dallas Police Department later put it.

Julian Terence Martin Jr., 23, was one of the combatants. He turned his attention to Cowherd when he stepped forward and began to taunt him. Dallas police released a brief video clip:

Martin and a friend, 23-year-old Jerry Brown, punched Cowherd several times. Then, as Brown held Cowherd from behind, Martin pulled a knife from his pants pocket and stabbed him, again and again.

"As Terrell laid down, blood gurgling in his lungs, blood coming up in his lungs, the guy punched him. When he was fighting for his last breath," Cowherd's father later marveled. "What kind of human being is that?"

Cowherd was taken to Baylor Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Jerry Brown, left, and Julian Terence Martin Jr.

Police found Brown loitering in a parking lot about a block away, the gash on his hand a dead giveaway. He was arrested and treated briefly at Baylor before being taken to DPD headquarters for questioning. Martin was identified from several videos -- surveillance and cell phone -- taken at the scene.

Both men are currently in jail on murder charges. Cowherd's father hopes they stay there.

"There is no way they should ever, ever see the light of day again," he told NBC 5. "This could be your brother, your sister, your mother, your daughter. You're just going to come out and snuff somebody's life out who's never done anything to anybody in his life."

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175 comments
rufuslevin
rufuslevin

blacks males are a disgusting disgrace to America.  The cotton crop just wasn't WORTH it.


ExLGResident
ExLGResident

Lower Greenville is full of thugs and crooked politicians. That area will never get any better. As long as the crooked politicians and the thugs still live there, nothing will ever change. I lived in the area for many years and finally decided to get the heck out of there. You can throw millions of dollars to the area and it will never be any better. It is the armpit of Dallas.

jennduaine
jennduaine

This is terribly terribly sad. It is clear from the video Terrence's intention was to try to bring order to the chaos on Greenville. It sounds like he was good man, and I am sorry and sad to see someone who was trying to help to be attacked so brutally in front of everyone. I send great hope for recovery and condolences to his family. 

Hangem
Hangem

Don't trust them new niggas over there,

Leaving they nigga essence in the air.

Them happy nappy headed nigga's with thier fingers on the triggers,

Don't trust them new niggas over there.

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Terrell's dad is much more in control than I would be. Those killers would be targeted and justice served the old fashion Charles Bronson way! They do not need to be around, they will not be rehabilitated and it is a waste of taxpayer $ for trials and prison time! If life isnt worth it to the killers, why should they be around with an opportunity to kill again??!

smichaelclark59
smichaelclark59

God controls all even the devil. Our god is a vengeance god

smichaelclark59
smichaelclark59

You should let people fighting kill each other dont get involed

LaTonya Harris
LaTonya Harris

Well why blame anyone but our damn selfs @ Michael what fairy tale are you talking about!

Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius

It can happen anywhere, but I personally stay away from that part Lower Greenville on the weekends. It's not what it used to be. Lots of trouble, now. Bummer of a story.

LaTonya Harris
LaTonya Harris

God did'nt let that happen blame that shit on the messy ass devil!

LaTonya Harris
LaTonya Harris

@ Jeffrey God did let noting happen that was not suppose to had happen at all We hv to blaming God for our actions. These two man's were looking for some problems. If nt why did it take two man's for one man or a knife for that. Reason cowards will team up on you. We still hv the power of choice to act on it or let it go

IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

$25-$35K a year now to care for these criminals.  Is hard labor still allowed?

Paddy Martini
Paddy Martini

Taking on a bad vibe? This is the last hold out of places that attracts this kind of awful shit culture.

Paddy Martini
Paddy Martini

There is often a DPD car sitting on Prospect. They are usually just staring at their phone doing nothing. Then 1:45 comes around and they leave.

SplitBuns
SplitBuns

It's not often that a Trader Joes is face to face with murder.

casiepierce
casiepierce

111 comments.... Rut-roh, I think I'll be seeing a lot of facebook icons in these comments.....

gregmarcydagama
gregmarcydagama

Here is what I see and read. A man, no more no less, tried to help two other men not hurt each other. They joined together and killed him for it. All my fellow Texans, especially the white men who hate black men they are sick, sick people, as they know. A man tried to help another man. He was killed for his good works. No more. No less. Shame on you racists. ~ / ~ OM

Debby Massie Lacy
Debby Massie Lacy

This is a tragedy. Terrell Cowherd was one of the good guys.

dallas_man
dallas_man

UPDATE: Just got a text from Al Sharpton.  He's asking where there any white people within 100 feet of the stabbing?  Are the club owners white?  Where the police that responded white?  Was anyone wearing a white shirt? 

If so he says he can be on a private jet and down here in 30 mintues.

Subnx
Subnx

Jerry Brown can't be guilty. He's wearing a hoodie and looks like Obama's imaginary son.

Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius

RIP Terrell, much respect to him and his family. I hate hearing stories like this.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

@lzippitydoo he KNOWS that all young black males are murdering fools and worthless...and blacks cannot control their own race.   so they just live with it and die from sorry black males.

bombgarland2death
bombgarland2death

@Marcus Aurelius I remember when "these" people ruined deep ellum for about a decade.  Cant they just open all the lazers clubs of the world in pleasant grove?

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Devil...I blame the perps and their messy upbringing.

smichaelclark59
smichaelclark59

It cost $102,000 a year to house inmmates in houston pen.

thrux
thrux

@gregmarcydagama On the other hand, this type of violence disproportionately affects black men. There is some systematic problem here that can be solved. To ignore race all together doesn't help. 

blackhoodie
blackhoodie

@Subnx cowards like you need to be put in a cell with this animal so he can do the same to you

blackhoodie
blackhoodie

@FEDUP get a rope and hang yourself coward

bombgarland2death
bombgarland2death

@smichaelclark59 cha ching! Go prison industrial complex!!!! 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the worlds prison population!!!! GO AMERICA LAND OF THE (somewhat)FREE!!!!!

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

@thrux @gregmarcydagama My guess is that if you drill a little deeper you find that they lack a consistent paternal presence.  You are correct that the problem is more pronounced in the black community, but the absent-father syndrome transcends race. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Nope, Joe Tone is in Cleveland having his wisdom teeth pulled by his father in law.  So many red flags in that sentence, starting with Cleveland but alas he is not here.  maybe web editor Gavin can help

yougogirrl
yougogirrl

soooo.... these men (murderers)  may in fact be someone's father.... sooo if they are present in their children's life... I don't think that does that child much help. 
Dennis Rader the Serial Killer was a present father too....

The problem is not single Mothers once again, its poverty

gavin.cleaver
gavin.cleaver moderator

@ScottsMerkin @gavin.cleaver @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz it was more I didn't have a moderator account until I saw this comment section and realized I really badly needed a moderator account. I am delighted by your commitment to the cause. We should catch a game next time US TV deigns to show one.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@gavin.cleaver @ScottsMerkin @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz late bc you were recovering from overindulging to wash away the pain of an opening weekend loss that turned into a draw and over drinking in celebration?  PS thanks for the link on Twitter to Watford FC, I followed the match by reading their live tweeting of the action, yes, 90 straight minutes on twitter

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Seriously, he is out of town, on vacation with his family!  The paper may be his job, and most of his life, but even Tone gets to take some time away from the nutjobs here.  I promise he isnt scolding you for being liberal, isnt this whole company liberally biased?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin Listen.  That editor has scolded me for over-posting, criticizing Texas, for "dickishness" (in his words) and for taking a Liberal bent on a lot of issues.  Yet, this filth somehow gets a pass.

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