Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Farewell, Friend

Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of 31-year-old CA tow truck driver Tony Librers. Librers, who died from a possibly self-inflicted gun wound on Sunday, Oct. 18, worked for Ponzini's Towing in Morgan Hill. He leaves behind three daughters.

Here's the story from the Morgan Hill Observer:

Anthony William Librers of Morgan Hill, a tow truck driver, was shot early Saturday morning and was on life support on Saturday, according to a family member. Known as Tony, he is the son of Joseph Librers and Elizabeth Westphal and the brother of Joseph A. Librers.

“We are devastated by this,” said Morgan Hill councilmember Marilyn Librers, who was Tony’s stepmother when he was young. She said he passed away Sunday morning.

Librers suffered a gun wound in the Central Valley early Saturday morning, according to stepbrother Tim Hennessey. Librers, who was 31 years old, has worked for Ponzini's Towing in Morgan Hill for about a decade and wanted to become a California Highway Patrol officer.

“He was always trying ot help other people. He was fearless,” Hennessey said. “He didn’t have a mean bone in his body.”

Librers has three girls, the oldest of whom is 12. “He just enjoyed doing his thing: driving a tow truck, playing with his kids and trying to become a law enforcement officer,” Hennessey said.

A spokesman for the Modesto Police Department, even after checking with county law enforcement officials, had no information about the shooting, which reportedly occurred near the city limits.

Updated October 18, 11:32pm.


October 20, 2009

The Gilroy Dispatch reported on Tuesday that Librers’ death occured as a result of his “accidentally shooting himself with a handgun during a camping trip.”

The newspaper quoted the victim’s father, Joseph Librers, as saying the shooting occured in Tuolumne County, east of Stockton.

"They were having a party around a campfire. Tony had a handgun and it went off accidentally. He had the clip out of it but he didn't clear the chamber," Librers told the Dispatch.

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