Four Shot, One Dead, In Brinkley, Family Says Victim Was Well Loved

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BRINKLEY, Ark. – An early morning shooting left one man dead, a woman in critical condition, two bystanders with injuries, and the shooter in custody. 

Police say it started as a domestic situation in Monroe County in the town of Brinkley. 

It started in a breeze way at the Pinewood Apts. The Brinkley Police Chief actually lives in the area and said he heard the shots ring out this morning. 

Xavier Parker’s family is overcome with emotion after learning the 33-year-old was shot and killed Thursday morning at his apartment complex.
 
“It’s just very unfortunate that we’re bringing in the new year this way,” Xavier’s sister said. 
 
His family says he had three kids and was known by many in the community.
 
“He was well loved, everybody loved him. He was a good father. He’d help anybody,” she said. 
 
Arkansas State Police say around 7:15 Thursday morning James Frost shot Xavier, a female, and hurt two others. The Monroe County Sheriff says Frost turned himself in shortly after the shooting.
 
“Having four people shot, that’s a lot for officers to deal with,” Monroe County Sheriff Michael Neal said. 

A friend of Frost’s said he can’t believe this happened, “I know James. It brings tears to my eyes to see something like this. I didn’t think he would do anything like this.” 
 
The Monroe County Circuit Clerk confirms Frost was convicted of 2nd degree murder in 1994.
 
“He did his time and he came on out. I think he did 10 years. He came out and he was doing good for himself,” Frost’s friend said. 
 
Xavier’s family doesn’t know exactly what lead up to what happened on the other side of the caution tape, but says a loved one has tragically been taken away.   

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