Country music icon Randy Travis mourns death of lighting tech after the man was allegedly murdered by his wife

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Thomas Roberts, who worked for years as a lighting technician for country music star Randy Travis, was allegedly shot dead by his wife.

According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, 72-year-old Christine Ann Roberts has been charged with criminal homicide for the deadly shooting of her 68-year-old husband Thomas Roberts, who passed away due to one shot to his chest. The woman said she shot the man because he had cheated on her, the MNPD press release noted.

In a social media post, Travis remembered Roberts and mourned his death. The country star described the man as a “friend,” adding that he “loved him dearly.”

“The stage has gone dim with the passing of Thom Roberts. For many years, the Randy Travis band and crew had the opportunity to share the winding roads and the beautiful venues with one of the very best stage lighting technicians in the business. Thom not only had a magical sense about lighting a stage; but, he had a quiet, charismatic presence that ignited your soul. Always willing, with a ‘can do’ and ‘happy to do it’ attitude. He was a gentle giant of a man that wore a constant smile on his face and carried a song in his heart. One would search a lifetime to find a kinder, gentler spirit. Thom was my friend and I loved him dearly,” Travis said in the post.

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“As we go back out next week, for the ‘More Life’ tour of Randy Travis, the music will not be near as sweet; but, I will once again be reminded of the blessing I was given to have Thom Roberts on the road with us for so many miles, and so many memories. It certainly won’t be the same; and, I know I speak for the entire band and crew when I say the light that he truly created, in our hearts, will never be extinguished or forgotten. Tonight, I will look toward heaven and am sure I will see flashes of Thom’s handiwork in the night sky—letting us know he is home, and all is well,” Travis said.

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