The family of a man killed in a machete attack say their lives are forever changed, as the suspected killer sits behind bars in the Sebastian County jail.
Gregory Kinsey is accused of killing Brandon Prince and Nathan Young in an alley on North D Street in Fort Smith late Wednesday night June 28.
“I can’t get him back,” said Prince’s mother, Pamela Hearne.
“We really lost a son, a brother, a father, a friend,” Dustin Hearne, Prince’s brother. “I mean, there’s no way we could get him back.”
Prince’s two sons, two year-old Jarrod and fifteen year-old Cole, were present when the deadly attack took place.
Hearne’s brother said the boys will need counseling.
“The oldest, he held him and tried to use his hands to stop the bleeding,” said Hearne. “The cut was so extensive, there’s no way. It sliced him all the way from his neck down and on his arm too. And he was trying to hold him they said he died in his lap.”
Prince’s mother said that from Heaven, her son would tell her to care of his family.
“Take care of my kids, and I’m going to try,” said Hearne.
Prince’s family said they want justice served for Prince.
“I want him put away before he does it to somebody else,” said Hearne. “Hopefully we get a swift justice and he needs to get what he deserves.”
Prince’s family said funeral arrangements are not set, and they are fundraising for his services.
The family said as they try to go on with their lives, it will just take time and they will never forget their son, brother, father and friend Brandon Prince.
Kinsey’s mother said her son is misunderstood and she believes he acted in self-defense.
Those who knew the suspect say he was an outcast and cutter.
A doctor spoke with 5NEWS on Wednesday and chronicled what he said may have been some troubling signs from the suspected killer.
Kinsey was described as an “outcast” by those who knew him.
Members of a clean-up crew who went to his apartment on 14th Street said they found a disturbing scene that made them question his mental health.
“It looks like he sacrificed animals up there,” said Rick Chase, who works at the complex. “It’s just a terrible scene, I mean, people that were there with us had children and it was affecting them emotionally.”
Kinsey’s Facebook page shows images of fantasy, demons and members of the Insane Clown Posse, a hardcore hip-hop duo from Detroit, Michigan, known for elaborate live performances and horror.
“What we see here is a good representation of emotional turmoil,” said Dr. William Thornton, director of clinical services at Perspectives Behavioral Health in Fort Smith.
“There’s a lot darkness. There’s a lot of violence showing, despair. So these are not images you would find a typical ‘Joe Blow’ off the street, fascinated with.”
But Thornton says judging a book by its cover can be a mistake and that a person’s appearance may be their way of trying to adapt or fit in.
“A lot of black attire, darkness, black finger nails, things like that and in many ways the strange kind of way is a normative type behavior,” he said.
A neighbor said he only saw the Kinsey out at night.
It was late Wednesday night (June 26) when three men approached Kinsey in an alley near the intersection of North 16th and North D Street in Fort Smith. Kinsey, who was on his way home from the store, said he felt threatened by the men and started swinging a machete he was carrying, according to court documents. Nathan Young, 32, and Brandon Prince, 39, were killed in the process.
Thornton says when a person is feeling like a social outcast, there is a huge void in that person’s life.
“Some fill that void with drugs or alcohol,” Thornton said. “The person who is really set apart, for whatever reason, the earlier we have successful treatment, the better off [they] are.”
Kinsey has no criminal record and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.
“Once a person is into adulthood it becomes much more difficult to effect a meaningful change,” Thornton said.
Thornton says there are certain steps to can take if you come across someone whose behavior or appearance causes concern.
“Anybody can have a mental illness,” Thornton said. “So reporting and getting legal involvement is always a questionable thing. If there’s any danger presented, I think involvement with some sort of official for safety’s sake is very important.”
If you or someone you know is in need of mental health services, visit the U.S. Department of Health’s Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration at http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ or call 1-800-662-HELP.
Click here to see photos of the inside of Kinsey’s home.