In the words of my daughter…
Where dey do dat at?!!
Apparently they do that in Ward, Arkansas.
An arrest is being made today in the senseless murder of Ernest Hoskins Jr.
Meet Ernest Hoskins Jr.
Hoskins is a student of the University of Phoenix, a husband of an Army Specialist at Camp Robinson, father of an adopted daughter, and a dedicated employee of Raynell Industries.
And his employment at Raynell Industries may be the reason for his early demise.
On November 9th, police were called to the home of Hoskins employer, Christopher Reynolds (pictured below), near Ward, Arkansas.
Hoskins and three other employees of Raynell Industries, a green technology firm, were attending a lunch at Reynolds’ home near Ward, Arkansas. According to Ben Crump, a lawyer for Hoskins’ mother and his widow, the family was told that at some point during the lunch, Reynolds allegedly produced a 44 Magnum Desert Eagle pistol, pointed it at Hoskins, and pulled the trigger, fatally wounding his young employ in the jaw.
“For whatever reason, he pointed the gun at the only African-American guy at the table,” said Crump.
“Ernest was the only man in his family,” Crump said. “His mother has two daughters, his father died” years earlier.
“In any jurisdiction in the world, even in Arkansas, this should have resulted in arrest,” Crump said.
Hoskins’ widow, Nikkisha, 25, who goes by Nikki is an Army specialist based at Camp Robinson, near Little Rock. She and Hoskins had wed privately in July, and were planning a big wedding ceremony for extended family and friends in December, with a pre-wedding party planned for November 17th.
“Instead, the guests for that wedding party attended a funeral,” Crump said. “And Nikki has got a wedding dress that she’s never gonna get to wear.”
Crump added that the shooting took place just before Veterans Day, “with Nikki serving in the U.S. Army”
Nikki Hoskins told theGrio Friday that Ernest loved his job, and got along well with Reynolds.
“He brought us gifts, he invited us over to his house for dinner numerous times” she said of Reynolds, adding that her husband and his boss “seemed to have a very good relationship between the two of them.”
Neither Nikki nor Hoskins’ mother, Monica Hoskins, noticed any outward signs of trouble. And Monica said her son was relieved to find a job that would help him provide for his family.
As I posted this story, the news of his arrest came through…
So the commentary I had is unnecessary…
But I will say this…
May the hammer of justice weigh heavy on his head…
Chistopher Reynolds got rid of one of the good guys…
RIP Ernest Hoskins…