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Former Texas Ranger pitcher John Barfield shot to death during confrontation

December 27, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Texas Ranger pitcher John Barfield shot to death during confrontation

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John Barfield, the left-hander who pitched three seasons with the Texas Rangers starting in 1989, was killed in a shooting in Little Rock., Arkansas on Christmas Eve.

Police said the 52-year-old  Arkansas native was shot and killed on December 24th after a dispute with an acquaintance.

William Goodman, 59, is in custody in the Pulaski County jail on preliminary charges of first-degree murder for his role in Barfield’s death, which has been determined a homicide.

Barfield, of Pine Bluff, guided his high school team to a state championship, then played for a Missouri community college and at Oklahoma City University. He was drafted in 1986 in the 11th round by the Rangers.

Former Texas Ranger John Barfield was killed in a shooting on Christmas Eve

Debra Hudson, the sister of John Barfield, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that she is devastated by his death, and said he was not an aggressive individual and that he had a kind personality.

“He had the kindest heart of any human I had ever known,” she added.

She also noted that Barfield was a fierce competitor on the field but was always willing to sign autographs for his fans.

“We will always be proud of him,” she stated.

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