CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – We are learning more about how St. Louis native Thomas Rolfes, 25, spent the last few hours of his life before he was murdered in a street robbery in New Orleans early Saturday morning.
Rolfes had been in New Orleans with his fiancée, Elizabeth Fried, looking for a place to hold their wedding.
They met there while students at Tulane.
'My world came crashing down when I got the phone call it was him,' Fried said. 'I don`t know how I am going to get by. He was my everything,' she added.
Security camera video shows Rolfes buying two bottles of water at a gas station at 3:30 am Saturday.
An hour later, he was found shot to death.
Investigators do now know why he had gone to the gas station or if he was with anyone else. Fried stayed in that night.
Earlier in the evening, Rolfes was at a bar called Ms. Mae`s, visiting friends from college.
The manager has studied the bar`s security camera video and tells FOX 2 it shows Rolfes having fun with friends, drinking only beer from 12:30 am until 2:40 am Saturday.
'He came in with at least one friend but met a lot of other friends here,' said bar manager Jason Matherne. 'There was a group of people hanging out at the table, there was a group of people hanging out at the bar, he played pool he played foosball, he had a good time,' Matherne said.
Police say Rolfes died from a gunshot to the chest and that his wallet was missing.
After college, Rolfes went to work as a project engineer for the construction company Clayco, most recently in their Greenville, South Carolina office.
His father, Ron Rolfes is a vice-president at the Clayco office in St. Louis.
'I don`t want this to happen to anyone else`s son,' Rolfes said. 'I want whoever did this to be put away.'
Matherne says he has been studying the security camera video looking for any clues, but that viewing it knowing what happened later that night is haunting.
'It`s great that is having a good time in his final hours but it is also hard to watch,' he said.