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Mid-State Family Speaks Out About Brutal Attack

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By Adam Ghassemi

GREENBRIER, Tenn.   One mid-state family still can't believe what's happened to them. They constantly ask themselves, how could anyone attack 62-year-old Ronald Hester and nearly take his life?

"Overwhelming," Michelle Hester said Thursday about the way her ex-husband looked. "Those images they don't leave."

On May 28th, Ronald Hester was alone at home. With his roommate gone, investigators believe he let someone in, someone who later carried out a brutal attack.

The injuries are horrific. Hester was beaten, stabbed and dragged until the person thought it was over.

He was partially disabled before the attack so he may not have been able to defend himself.

The only thing missing was Hester's cell phone. That gives investigators suspicion the attack was from someone he knows, and not random.

"I think it's really somebody he knows. I think it's somebody… this is personal," Greenbrier Mayor Billy Wilson said. "I think this person intended to kill Ronnie. I think he thought Ronnie was dead."

Hester's family has watched him go through surgeries and strokes while slowly recovering over the last two months. Ron is now talking, but the impact of what happened may linger forever.

"A lot of lives have been changed. A lot of lives have been altered. You work with that and keep on going until you figure things out," Michelle Hester said.

She hurts while watching her children struggle, like their 16-year-old son Tyler.

"You just think how could this happen?" Tyler Hester said while taking a break from high school football practice. "You just sit there and are amazed at how somebody could do that to anybody."

That's why they hope he has enough strength to finally explain who could have done this.

"We need a little bit of closure here to deal with what we're going to be dealing with for several, several, several years," Michelle Hester said.

There's a $1,000 reward for any tips leading to an arrest. You can remain anonymous by calling the Robertson County Crime Stoppers (615) 382-3799.

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