LAKE CITY, Fla. - A wife becomes a widow and a woman about to marry the man she loves is instead planning his funeral.
"The best part of him, I have, which is his heart. He loved me unconditionally. I loved him unconditionally and not only did we love each other we were in love," says Tammy Young-Park, 48-year-old John Rawls' girlfriend.
Lake City police officers found Rawls and 74-year-old Willie Smith dead inside a home on Denver Street Saturday night from what appeared to be carbon monoxide poisoning. Young-Park says she knew something was up when tried all day Friday to contact Rawls.
"I texted him 'I love you so much, I can't wait to see you' and he never replied so I'm thinking 'OK, he's tired, he went to bed.' Got up Saturday morning, still no reply. I called him, no answer for hours. I started calling [Willie's] phone, no answer," she says
Smith's wife Juanita says her husband was outgoing and happy and remembers the last time she spoke to him.
"He was almost done. He was so happy about finishing it up. And we sort of laughed about what he did."
The two men were renovating the house they were found in, which Juanita owned. Young-Park says she and Rawls were going to get married in a week.