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Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of Anton Agurs, owner of Sanctified Towing, who was found shot to death on June 7. Here’s the story from

OXON HILL, Md. – Alethea Agurs can remember everything from Tuesday night. It wasn’t unusual for Anton Agurs to get a call for a tow late at night. He owned his own tow truck, naming the business, Sanctified Towing. He came up with the name five years ago in bible study and ran the business from their District Heights home.

“I don’t know exactly what the job was. He received a call to do a tow and he left maybe a little before ten [p.m.] to go and do a tow job,” said his wife.

An hour and a half after he left, Anton Agurs was found dead alongside his tow truck. His wife says he had been shot.

“I’m truly going to miss him. He would do anything for anybody. A family man. All he wanted to do was work for his family. Take care of his family,” his wife said.

Prince George’s County Police found Anton’s body around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, just outside Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm, a national park by the Potomac River in Oxon Hill. The family says the truck’s lights were still flashing. Police say they got a call about a man unconscious in the road. No one seems to know why he was there or if he ever made it to his tow call.

The park closes at 4:30 p.m. The gates are locked and employees leave. There is nothing else around except for the cars speeding by on the beltway nearby.

“This is truly a senseless act. There’s nothing I know that he did to deserve this,” said Alethea.

She says Anton was always careful about who he towed. He worked with auto repair shops, through contracts, did emergency roadside assistance, referrals and repeat business. Anton avoided repossessing cars or other types of towing that might lead to angry confrontations.

Police are still investigating a motive and are not saying if anything was stolen.

“Was it a set up? It very well could have been. Why? I couldn’t tell you,” his wife said, only guessing what might have happened.

Hardest of all has been explaining the murder to their two children.

“I have a 13-year-old daughter and I have a one-year-old son. So of course he doesn’t understand this. My daughter is heartbroken,” she said.

Anton Agurs’ son is named Anton too. What he understands is daddy is gone. Now his family finds strength in what he would tell them.

“Be strong. Live life. Take care of my children. I got your back. It will be alright,” Alethea Agurs can hear her husband saying.

He was a husband, a father, the life of this family now gone.

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