Nashville, TN – Police have revealed that a stagehand for country music legend Randy Travis was shot dead over the weekend by his wife, who suspected him of having an affair.
The incident took place at the couple’s Nashville home, where Christine Roberts, 72, allegedly shot her husband, Thomas Roberts, 68, on the porch. Responding to the scene, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department reported that Christine confessed to the shooting, stating that she did it because she believed her husband had cheated on her.
Thomas Roberts, a devoted employee of Randy Travis for more than two decades, tragically succumbed to a single gunshot wound to his chest shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities recovered a pistol from the scene, further corroborating the details of the incident.
The neighbors, who were startled by the sound of the gunshot, expressed shock and sorrow over the tragic event. One local resident likened the sound to a firework, only to be met with the arrival of police vehicles and the grim discovery of Thomas on the front porch.
The following day, neighbors and loved ones gathered to pay their respects, placing candles in front of a photograph of Thomas on the sidewalk. One neighbor shared fond memories of Thomas, recounting his warm welcome when she moved to the neighborhood a few months ago. She described him as a kind and wonderful person, always ready to extend a friendly gesture.
Randy Travis, deeply affected by the loss of his longtime stagehand and friend, took to social media to honor Thomas Roberts. On Facebook, he described Thomas as an exceptional stage lighting technician with a magical touch. Randy also praised his gentle nature and constant smile, emphasizing Thomas’ invaluable contribution to the band and crew over the years.
Expressing the profound impact Thomas had on their lives, Randy acknowledged that the upcoming tour would be bittersweet without him. However, he assured fans and colleagues that Thomas’ legacy would endure, and his memory would continue to inspire them all.
As Randy Travis and his team embark on the “More Life” tour, they will carry Thomas’ spirit with them, cherishing the countless memories they shared. Although the void left by his absence is immense, they find solace in the belief that Thomas’ artistic brilliance now illuminates the heavens above, signaling that he is at peace.