BRIGHTON, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: A judge dropped the charges against the father and son connected to a deadly shooting in Brighton. According to court documents, there is no probable cause that they were behind the shooting.
ORIGINAL: Two men now face murder charges in the death of Antonio Hinkle. Hinkle was shot during a “Love Thy Neighbor” event in Brighton on August 27.
Since the death of his son, Angelo Hinkle has made it his mission to reach out to his community and spread the message that violence is not the answer.
“Even out of death, God can bring life,” said Angelo Hinkle at a community event in Brighton today. “We are celebrating Antonio by trying to bring awareness to the fact that we need to come together as a community, as a people.”
He said he believes the Brighton community has a lot to offer and he wants his son’s death to be a catalyst for change.
“There are only two prayers that I’ve had out of what has happened. One is that God be magnified … and that justice will be served heavily and swiftly.”
Jimmy Dewayne Williams, 47, and Samarjay Jarranid Leshore, 19, are facing murder charges in connection to the shooting that injured multiple people and killed Antonio Hinkle. The two men were arrested previously in connection with the shooting and released on bond. Police are again seeking information on their whereabouts.
Isaac Bruister, who was an organizer of the Love Thy Neighbor event where Hinkle was killed, said he spoke with Williams just before the shooting.
“I told him, ‘Hey man, I need to get with you, your sons, and we get with some more pastors, man and get with these other fellas, we can squash this stuff, you know?’ Thirty minutes before he said, ‘OK’ and thirty minutes later here it goes. Someone’s dead,” said Bruister.
He said he grew up with Williams and it’s heartbreaking to see both families suffering.
“You got two families that’s both going to be torn apart,” Bruister added.
Now Angelo Hinkle and Isaac Bruister are both after the same goal: to see their community emerge from this tragedy and move forward with a greater purpose.
“There’s a lot of work to be done, and we’ll continue that work. This is not the end,” said Hinkle.