Don Johle’s Bike World in Garland, Texas became the scene of a gruesome and confusing crime last week. When an employee arrived to open the shop on Thursday, February 16, he found the metal gates left open and called the police. Officers responding to the “suspicious circumstance” call found the body of 40-year-old shop employee James Kincheloe, who had apparently been shot and left for dead.

A woman who works at Pronto Insurance—the adjacent business to the bike shop—said she noticed the lights were still on and the gate still up when she left, which was unusual as the shop closes well before she leaves at the end of the night.

Security footage identified 58-year-old Wesley Don-Johle as the murder suspect. Don-Johle’s mother owns the shop where her son worked. When SWAT officers arrived at Wesley Don-Johle’s home in neighboring Rowlett, Texas Thursday afternoon, they found him deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation surrounding the events and motive is ongoing.

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According to an interview with Daisy McKee, Kincheloe’s wife, he was a life-long bike enthusiast, and had been riding bikes since he was a kid. He was an especially huge figure in the local BMX scene. Kincheloe had worked at the shop for over a decade and thought of everyone there as family. In addition to his wife, Kincheloe leaves behind two young sons, who he would pick up from school everyday on a bike with a bike trailer — a routine they all loved.

DJ’s Bike World is located on Broadway Boulevard, not far from Lake Ray Hubbard, a popular recreation area. The shop is a staple in the bike community and often organizes group rides and in-store clinics and mechanic classes. The events of the crime leave many people puzzled and saddened. Family members have organized a GoFundMe to cover funeral costs.

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Micah Ling
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Micah Ling is a freelance writer based out of Salida, Colorado. She splits her time in the mountains biking and trail running. Connect with her on Instagram and Twitter.