Years later, he returned to pack up house when Uncle Buhl was no longer able to take care of it. He ran into Dusty Tutwiler at Boss BBQ. He saved him from being attacked by Esaw Goings which put him at ends with Coach Boss.
When Earl's tires were slashed and his friend Tad was beaten, Earl headed into town to cause trouble and get the locals to rally around him. He was beaten to a bloody pulp by Coach Boss and died due to his injuries. No one in town claimed to have seen this murder despite the whole town watching as he was attacked.
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