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Hruby family remembered by friends and colleagues

MARLOW, Okla._Those closest to the Hruby's describe the family as close-knit and a pillar of the community.

John and Tinker Hruby owned the Marlow Review, a weekly newspaper, and the Comanche County Chronicle in Elgin. Because of those endeavors and their love for news, the two were well recognized and often worked alongside criminal investigators and even us here at 7News. They were highly respected colleagues, and for those that worked closest with them, their deaths will have a lasting impact.

It's a quiet and solemn day at the Marlow Review as they finish up and get ready to go to print without the guidance of their publisher and owner, John Hruby. Todd Brooks, editor of the Marlow Review, says the staff is still trying to come to terms with Monday's horrifying news.

"We were hoping it was just one of the worst jokes ever. We kept listening for that back door, because he usually comes in through the back. We kept wanting to hear that swinging door open for him to walk in like he did every morning," said Brooks.

Brooks says although they were a family-run paper in a small town, John still handled the business like a professional.

"He didn't like mediocrity. He always wanted the best. He wanted you to write your best stories," said Brooks.

John worked alongside his wife, Tinker, who often covered the crime beat and was filling in as the paper's lifestyle writer.

"You could tell they were not only husband and wife, they were best friends. They just understood each other," explained Brooks.

Marlow City Manager Jason McPherson worked for the Hruby's for five and a half years as a reporter at the Marlow Review. He says it was evident that Tinker's true passion was crime. He says he never got tired of telling the story of when Tinker scrambled to get to the scene of a car accident.

"Ambulances, helicopters, cop cars everywhere. And we're in her Ford Excursion and she is weaving through all of them. We basically pulled up so close that they couldn't even open the doors of the ambulances. She loved it! She loved being that close," said McPherson.

Brooks says the joke around the office is that Tinker was almost an honorary sheriff, and could always tell whose voice was coming over the scanner. He says while the scanner will continue to blare, he's sorry he won't hear Tinker or John's voice close behind it.

"Now, we're on our own pretty much. We have each other," said Brooks.

Brooks says they have not thought about filling John and Tinker's places, and the paper will still be on shelves tomorrow.

The company says the Comanche County Chronicle in Elgin will continue with publications as well.

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