Vigil remembers shooting victimPublished 10:29pm Friday, March 29, 2013
Friends and family gathered in a neighborhood park Friday evening to remember a life cut short by homicide last weekend.
For a short time, basketballs on the nearby court stopped bouncing, and kids on the playground stopped playing. About 50 friends and family of 24-year-old Angelo Fleming Beale sang songs, remembered him in speeches, released balloons and lit candles in his memory.
Beale was shot just before 3 a.m. March 24 on Stacey Drive. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Willie Beale III, Angelo’s brother, said he hoped the death would have a silver lining.
“I’m just hopeful that after this death, somebody can say, ‘We’ve got to change,’” he said. “Y’all can change something in your life.”
Domenick Epps recalled his last conversation with his friend. Beale had told him, “I need a job,” Epps recalled.
“This young man said, ‘I need a job.’ Even though he was young, he wanted to take care of his responsibility. He wanted to be a provider for his son and his daughter.”
The emotion was overwhelming for some in the crowd, who had to walk away to cry out loud.
Another older brother, Antwan Beale, said his brother, who went to King’s Fork High School, was a man of many talents.
“He was a football player, basketball player, barber, carpenter,” Beale said. “He was a friend to everybody.”
Police have named a suspect in Beale’s shooting. Warrants are on file for Monte Robinson, 20, for charges of first-degree murder, shooting in the commission of a felony, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and reckless handling of a firearm, according to a news release from the city.
Robinson’s last known address is the 900 block of Davis Boulevard, according to the release. He is described as a black male, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds.
Anyone who has information on Robinson’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers to Crime Line never have to give their names or appear in court, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.