DALLAS — The father of a young man who was killed while breaking up a fight outside a bar along Lower Greenville Avenue early Saturday morning told News 8 that Terrell Cowherd wasn’t trying to be hero.
He was just being true to himself.
"That's just the kind of person that he was," said Terrence Cowherd Sr. He added that he was not surprised to learn that his son would see trouble and step in rather than run away.
As the elder Cowherd went through his son’s belongings at Terrell's Dallas apartment Sunday night, he was having a more difficult time grasping the idea that two men would kill his son — a young man just beginning a promising career.
"This was absolutely senseless. I can't even describe or even just bring out the words," he said. "A beautiful human being's life snuffed out by two... and I'm going to leave a blank here, because I'm a Christian. How can you call them 'human beings'?"
Surveillance video captured the entire brutal, bloody incident about 1:30 a.m. Saturday outside a club in the 2000 block of Greenville Avenue.
Twenty-four hours after police released a video and asked for the public’s help in finding a suspect, 23-year-old Julian Terence Martin turned himself in to Dallas police. A family friend recognized him and contacted authorities. Martin faces capital murder charges.
Jerry Brown, 23, who — according to an arrest affidavit — held Cowherd down, punching him as Martin stabbed him — was also arrested and faces murder charges.
"As Terrell laid down, blood gurgling in his lungs, blood coming up in his lungs, the guy punched him. When he was fighting for his last breath," Terrence Cowherd said. "What kind of human being is that?"
Police said they are still looking for others who may have been involved in the crime.
Terrell Cowherd had followed in his mother's footsteps to become a civil engineer. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University and was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
He was an award winning student and was just beginning to make his mark in the world when one last brave move ended his life.
Terrell had been working for Luminant as an associate engineer for environmental services in the mining department. Luminant CEO Mac McFarland released a statement Sunday. It said in part:
"Although we’re a company of 4,400 employees doing many different jobs at our plants and mines across the state as we provide electric power for Texas, we’re still a family, and feel a deep sense of loss from Terrell’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
"As we all grieve, I also want to express my thanks on behalf of all Luminant employees to Chief David Brown and the Dallas Police Department for their fine work in quickly making arrests."
Kim Mireles, vice president of environmental services at Luminant, worked with Cowherd, and said she was shocked to learn about the death of one of her team members.
“He was known as one of the kindest and friendliest people on our staff, always smiling and cordial," she said. "It is not surprising that Terrell interceded in an altercation to calm the situation. Terrell exuded leadership qualities at a very young age."