Family of murdered DPS worker says he loved helping people

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on June 29, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 29 at 6:41 PM

AUSTIN -- A good Samaritan stopped to help a driver in Northeast Austin, but his good deed turned to murder. Bill Ervin, 34, was shot and killed around 12:20 a.m. Monday June 25. Darius Lovings is charged with capital murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

Ervin's family spoke exclusively with KVUE's Jessica Holloway.

Hundreds of people gathered at Harrell Funeral Home in South Austin to honor Ervin's life, during a viewing Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. He leaves behind a pregnant wife and a child.

"This was one of the good guys," said Ervin's brother, Ishan Rison.

His brother and best friend say Bill hated the spotlight, was an amazing artist, great father and children loved him. It was his kind nature that led to his death.

"I just keep going back to the spirit that Bill Ervin had. His presence, you knew that he was a humble, loving man," said Ervin's best friend Derek Eberly. "I cannot play any scenario in my head where Bill Ervin does not stop to help somebody on the side of the road."

"I can't have a lot of hatred for that guy. For me, he didn't know. He didn't know the kind of person he was taking away," said Rison.

Ervin worked three to four jobs to make ends meet. He drove a Swanson's truck, a limo, picked up extra shifts at a hotel, along with his main computer job at the Department of Public Safety.

Ervin's brother says one of the things he'll miss the most is a tradition handed down by their mother. She made early morning phone calls to all of her kids on their birthdays.

"After she passed, the most amazing thing -- 6 a.m. I get the phone call, and it was Bill. He's trying to take that, the emotional part," said Rison.

Police say Ervin is not Lovings' only victim. They plan to file more charges against Lovings for a crime spree they say he committed to get drug money.

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