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Luby’s top executive stabs himself to death

March 14, 1997

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ The top executive of the Luby’s Cafeterias chain was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds in a motel here Thursday, police said.

John E. Curtis Jr., the 49-year-old president and chief executive of the San Antonio-based chain, died from multiple stab wounds to the neck, apparently from a knife, said investigator Jerry Leyva of the Bexar County medical examiner’s office.

San Antonio police detective Leslie Spiess said Curtis left a note, which his wife found at their San Antonio home.

Curtis joined the company in 1979, eventually serving as chief financial officer, president and chief operating office before being named CEO in January.

Luby’s operates more than 200 cafeterias in 11 states and has about 11,000 employees.

The chain is infamous for being the site of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. In 1991, George Hennard backed his pickup into the Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, and fatally shot 23 people before killing himself.

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