Lifelong friend remembers Mingo County Sheriff

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

KINGSPORT, Tn. (WYMT) - People across Mingo County and beyond are mourning the loss of Sheriff Eugene Crum, especially the people who knew him personally.

As a lifelong friend of Sheriff Eugene Crum, Tommy Diamond, knows how much of an impact Crum made on Mingo County.

"These last three months have been a wake-up call for Mingo County," said Diamond.

Sheriff Crum was known for his no-tolerance approach to drugs, but Diamond says Crum recently told him about some people who did not like what he was doing.

“He said they've got $100,000 bounty out. Of course, he said, what's going to happen is going to happen,” said Diamond.

That was also the last time Diamond saw his friend.

“I told him, I said you be careful. I hugged him and I kissed him on the cheek, but I didn't realize it'd be the last time,” said Diamond

He says Crum knew the shooting suspect, Tennis Maynard, when he was a child, and that he even coached him and Diamond's son on the same little league basketball team.

Diamond says he has no sympathy for the suspect and said, “I don't want no mercy on them, I just hope god can take this hatred out of my heart.”

Crum leaves behind his wife, 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and a county full of friends.

Diamond says Crum's wife was out of town when the shooting happened. She was expected back in Mingo County tonight.

Funeral arrangements have not been made yet

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