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Ferris man found dead of gunshot wound

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - Roy Salas Jr., 28, was found dead from an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound Sunday afternoon, just south of the city pump station in the 1000 block of South Central Street, according to Ferris Police Chief Jeff Cottongame.

Cottongame said retired city worker Kenneth Cousins and his wife found the young man after driving around eating ice cream about 7:22 p.m.

Due to the decomposition of the body, he believes the young man had died late Friday evening, Aug. 8.

The chief said he requested the Dallas County Sheriff's Department come out to handle the collection of all the evidence, in case the death was ruled a homicide.

'We treated it as a homicide until a homicide could be ruled out,' Cottongame said.

As of press time, police did not

know what caused Salas to apparently take his own life.

'Really good little boys. Really good family. Good neighbors,' Ferris Mayor Jimmie Birdwell said as he recalled fond memories of Salas.

Birdwell said he and his wife watched the Salas children grow up.

'They always treated us so respectfully,' he said.

Salas played football and baseball for the Yellow Jackets before graduating from Ferris High School in 1994.

After graduation he worked for the Ferris Independent School District as a bus driver and mechanic for about 2 ½ years, before going to work at Kay Construction Inc. as an electrician.

'He was a great kid,' Ferris Independent School District Transportation Director Steve Nally said, recalling his former employees.

'He was one of a kind.'

Salas leaves behind his parents Mary and Roy Salas, Jr.; brother Kris Salas; sisters Mellisa Salas and Heather Salas; niece Ariana Garcia; nephew Aaron Garcia; and grandmother Celia Moreno.

His funeral service was held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Green's Funeral Home before being interred at Ferris Memorial Park North.

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