Carla Barnes is asking questions after two people very close to her died this weekend.
“Losing a nephew and a husband all at one time is really hard,” she said.
She’s trying to cope with the loss of her husband, Redmond Barnes Jr.
“Everybody loved him,” Barnes said of her late husband. “He was just a well-rounded person.”
And Carla Barnes is dealing with the death of her nephew, Elliot Barnes.
“He was more like not only my nephew, but like like a brother and a son,” she said.
Wilson police said they found Redmond Barnes Jr. dead and Elliot Barnes suffering from a gunshot wound just after 10 p.m. Saturday night at an apartment building on Black Creek Road.
Officers said Elliot Barnes died after first responders tried to save his life.
Police said the suspect, Shontez Barnes, 43, surrendered peacefully after he was armed on an apartment building roof and was involved in a short standoff.
Shontez Barnes, who is not related to the victims, has been charged with two open counts of murder and received no bond.
Friends of Redmond Barnes Jr. and Elliot Barnes like Taiwan Sutton came out to honor the men.
“I hanged with them every day,” Sutton said. “I chilled with them every day. They were like my blood brothers.”
Friends even put up balloons around the apartment building showing love and support for the family.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Sutton said.
Others like Minister Mosie Speight said they hope to help find a solution to similar situations.
“We must come together in unity and in love to embrace what’s going on around us,” Speight said. “There’s so many people getting killed by guns.”
Carla Barnes fights to stay strong for her family.
“I hated that his life was cut short,” she said. “But now, I know that I won’t have to worry about him, and he won’t have to worry about himself or anything else.”
Anyone with information related to this shooting is asked to call Wilson Police at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.