Slain Dallas security courier had ties <BR>to Commerce High and A&M-Commerce

Scott Harvey & Bill Oliver

Hunt County was the home of a Dallas security courier who was murdered last weekend. 50 year old Phillip Washington was raised in Neylandville, between Commerce and Greenville. Washington graduated from Commerce High, attended Texas A&M University-Commerce, and worked for the University Police Department according to UPD Chief Donna Spinato.

Funeral services for Washington are Saturday morning at 11 in Dallas at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church at 1819 North Washington Avenue. A graveside service will follow in Neylandville at Grundy Memorial Cemetery.

WFAA-TV reports Washington was wearing a guard uniform when he was found shot in a State Bank and Trust parking lot. It was unsure if Washington was working as a guard at the time of the shooting. He is said to have his own security courier service based out of Dallas. Police are in the process of viewing surveillance footage to get a good picture of the killer.

Click the MP3 icon to listen as UPD Chief Donna Spinato talks about how the loss of Washington will leave a big impact on many people.

Washington was a student at East Texas State University and was also a UPD officer from 1977-1982. He also served as a sergeant from 1984-1987.