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    TX - Ashley 'Ash' Rowell, 35, Houston, 1 Feb 2013



    "Ash" is well known in this area as a craft beer enthusiast and distributor. He owned a distributing company which he sold in December. He was killed (targeted, according to LE) by someone who shot him as he answered the door, at home, in front of his children.

    There was apparently a lawsuit filed against him in 2010. Don't know if it means anything.

    LE is clearly saying this is NOT a random shooting.

    Houston police: Dad targeted, fatally shot at home while son hosted sleepover party

    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?se...cal&id=8977844


    Craft Beer Community Reacts to Death of Ash Rowell, Former Owner of Duff Beer Distribution

    http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating..._reacts_to.php

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    Wow. My husband used to live on that street. Comments in the article are interesting.

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    ^^ Indeed ... Will be interesting to see how it plays out ...

    It sure looks like someone was ticked off enough to off him ..

    Sad.
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    http://houston.culturemap.com/newsde...new-assailant/

    Investigation in progress

    At this time, KHOU reports that investigators are looking into a 2010 lawsuit against Rowell and his mother, who helped secure the company's initial liquor license.

    Court documents show that an original business partner in the company — the brother of Rowell's wifewas seeking financial retribution for being forced into selling his half of the company "at an unfair and reasonable price" in 2010.

    The case was dismissed in July 2012, with roughly $600 in court costs going to the former partner.
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    That's interesting, TexasCharm. Unless I'm mistaken, I did some research and he had a brother in law that is a Houston police officer.

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    aww those poor kids
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    I wonder if the beer distributorship sold for big money.

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    From December 2013:

    http://www.houstonpress.com/news/bee...ow-why-6600238

    Two years before Ash was killed, he claimed in a deposition that his family had received death threats from his brothers-in-law.

    The alleged threats came from Bryan Lam, who had been fired from Duff in 2010, and from Ho "Rick" Lam...

    Ash and Lam were present at each other's depositions, which made for some tense moments. Ash even claimed that Lam was threatening his life during the deposition. He accused Bryan of recording him with his phone and "motioning that he was going to cut my neck. I've been threatened before, and I feel that he might be taking a video to send to someone else."
    From February 2014:

    http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life...rs-5204496.php

    There were tears, but there was laughter, too, as a few dozen people gathered in front of a massive new tank at Southern Star Brewing Co. on Saturday to pay tribute to a well-known, widely respected and very-much-missed member of the local craft-beer community.

    "I can't think of anyone who did more for Texas craft beer than he did," brewery founder and owner Dave Fougeron said.

    He was referring to Ash Rowell, who, a year to the day earlier, was fatally shot in front of his wife and children after answering the door of their house in Montrose. Police have made no arrest in the slaying...