Simon Shanks and wife Yolanda
on their wedding day
Simon Shanks played linebacker
for the Arizona Cardinals in 1995. He led special teams for tackles in his lone
season on the field. Friends and family say that Shanks was a loving husband
and family man. However, police say that on the evening of January 5, 2006,
this local hero would be callously murdered by three unknown men.
Phoenix cops say that Shanks
and his friend, Lajuris Estelle, were working out in Shanks' garage. They were
soon approached by three men in a white Ford Expedition who asked for directions.
Shanks and Estelle came out of the garage to speak with the men when the three
men rushed out of the SUV.
Police say that the driver
of the car brandished a handgun and with the help of his two passengers moved
Shanks and Estelle back into the garage. According to cops, the driver began
to pistol-whip Shanks and his friend while one of the men watched and the third
man ran into the house.
Luckily, Yolanda Shanks was
able to escape out of a bathroom window...with her newborn baby in tow.
Cops say that the two assailants
kept Shanks and Estelle in the garage. The third man had gone after Shanks'
wife, Yolanda, and told her to stay in the bedroom with her newborn baby while
the other two Shanks children slept.
Police say that soon after
that, shots were fired. Police speculate that the driver of the SUV who wielded
the handgun was the man responsible for firing the rounds that killed Simon
Shanks and wounded Lajuris Estelle in the neck.
Cops say that luckily Yolanda
Shanks was able to escape out of a bathroom window and run to a friend's house
with her newborn baby in tow. Police say that the three men most likely left
soon after the shots were fired.
Currently, Phoenix police are
seeking the public's help in identifying the men responsible for the murder
of Simon Shanks. They describe the unknown assailants as all being Hispanic,
around 5'7," and weighing roughly 150 lbs.
Sketches of the two suspects
Source: America's Most