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“We want him to know that we got him - to rest easy.” Murder victim’s legacy remembered

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 6:02 PM EDT
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GILES COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - For the first time, a long-time friend of Arthur “Woody” Woodrow Palmer III is speaking out.

Palmer died in early July.

Police say he was found dead in his home, the suspect charged with 2nd degree murder.

But Woody’s friend hopes to share more about him outside his murder investigation. He wants the community to know just how good of a person he was to everyone he knew.

“I feel like when you meet someone, you really don’t know if you’re gonna be friends with them and you got to feel people out. And we just connected,” said Derek Trenar.

It’s a friendship that started at a convenience store almost 20 years ago.

“And when he knew he was right or he was making a good point, he would always just belt out this ’whooo’ and you knew it was coming. You knew when he’d let that go, you knew that you had been had,” said Derek Turner.

Turner is talking about one of his closest friends, Arthur Woodrow Palmer III—but most call him Woody.

“I really don’t see him as a friend; he’s more of a brother. a family member. I know if me or my family needed anything, he would be there at the drop of a hat,” said Trenar.

Trenar describes Woody as humble, patient, someone who loved his 13-year-old daughter.

“I know how much she meant to him. We will always, always be there. We can’t be him, but we can be the next best thing. We want him to know that we got him—to rest easy. We got him,” said Trenar.

His friend also described Woody’s second passion - football.

“We work together, so we got to know each other pretty well and then he introduced me into this fantasy football league, which if you knew Woody, he lived and breathed it, it was his baby, fantasy football was,” said Trenar.

Years later, Woody started working at the New River Valley Regional Jail. His friends says he loved and cherished his job so much he encouraged many to join him.

“We was around each other all the time talking to each other about every day. He was a good friend,” said Trenar.

Trenar says his friend would go out of his way to help anyone, and even though he has lost him he will always have his back.

“He ran our football leagues and so it’s going to be different, because he’d always come over, sometimes a day early, to prepare for it and we were just – going to miss him. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be tough, but we’ll get through it,” he said .

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