There's video at the link of his widow. It is so sad to me - they are clearly poor and the guy seemed by all accounts to really love her and the kids.
Apparently it was her mother and her mother's boyfriend that killed him. Sorry for all the articles but I think you need them to get the full picture.
http://www.wkrg.com/alabama/article/...-2009_8-23-pm/ATMORE, Alabama - Around Nathan Road you’ll see campers, trailers and toys where Thursday night’s shooting happened.
“I couldn't do nothing, I could only hold him right there, that's all I could do,” says Liz Porter. She’s the wife of 33-year-old Kenny Porter. He was killed after an argument on 9/24/09. She says she was paralyzed with anguish as she says she watched what happened.
“He was a good man he would help anybody, he was kindhearted,” says Liz Porter. Liz is a mother of three with a fourth baby girl on the way any day now. She says there's now a hole in her heart and her family.
“I don't have nothing, I don't have no job, I don't know how I’m going to take care of my kids, he was the only one I had, I don't have nobody,” says Liz Porter.
Neighbors say Clarence Luker shot Kenny Porter during an argument Thursday night. There are conflicting accounts over what started an apparent verbal confrontation that escalated to violence. Porter died from his injruies after being flown to USA Medical Center. Porter's Mother-In-Law Lorraine Gray is also charged with murder. Some people who live along Nathan Road say one of the worst parts about Thursday's shooting is that it happened in the evening, when children were outside playing
“When he went to shooting that gun I went to moving the kids out of the way there was no sense in that with all those kids out there,” says the victim’s Sister-In-Law Janice Rowland. Family members say Porter had no life insurance. Any donations to help can be sent to the Petty Funeral Home in Atmore. Their phone number is 251- 368-4540. The two suspects are in the Escambia County Jail.
http://www.northescambia.com/?p=11160The Thursday night shooting death of Kenny Porter has left friends and family members in state of shock, and they are also wondering how they are going to pay for the 32-year old’s funeral.
Porter’s wife Liz Porter is pregnant his first child, which is due any day. The baby girl will be named Kennedy in honor of her now-deceased father. She says she does not know how she is going to support the baby or her other three children.
Janice Rolin said the entire incident started with an argument over a ladder between her mother, Lorraine Gray, Clarence Luker and Kenny Porter, who was her brother-in-law.
“Then the next thing I knew, Clarence had a gun when he got out of the van and he was shooting and Kenny with all these kids out here,” Rolin said. “He just jumped out of the van and pointed the gun right at Kenny. Then he went to shooting. I was scared for the kids.” She tried her best to get the children away from scene as fast as possible as Porter collapsed on the porch of a mobile home, she said.
Porter was transported to Atmore Community Hospital by ambulance and then transferred by helicopter to the USA Medical Center in Mobile. That’s where he was pronounced dead.
After Luker was captured, he admitted to Escambia County (Ala.) deputies that he was the shooter. But in a bizarre twist to the story, Gray told deputies that she was the one that shot Porter, and that the argument involved a rake.
“I shot him,” Gray told Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff Grover Smith at the scene Thursday night. “I’m the one that did it….I took the gun and I shot him.”
nokomis-murder-mug1.jpgBoth Gray and Luker (pictured left) are in the Escambia County (Ala.) Jail charged with open counts of murder.
And now family members say they need help from the community to pay for Porter’s funeral. Visitation is scheduled for 6 to 9 Monday night at Petty Eastside Chapel in Atmore. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fretwell Tabernacle Holiness Church. Burial will be in the Bankster Cemetery in Spanish Fort, Ala.
http://www.northescambia.com/?p=11122When the first deputies arrived on Nathan Road about 10 minutes later, they found Gray, the female suspect, in the van parked at the murder scenes. Deputies said she exited the van with her hands up and said “I’m the one you are looking for”.
She was taken into custody just before 11 p.m. and placed in the back of a patrol car. NorthEscambia.com was there as she made a complete confession to Sheriff Grover Smith, telling him that she shot Porter.
“I shot him,” she said. “I’m the one that did it….I took the gun and I shot him.”
nokomis-murder-12.jpgTracking dogs from Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore and the Century Correctional Institution were called to the scene to search for Luker. As the dogs began their search of the area, Luker was taken into custody about midnight near the intersection of Nathan and James Roads. His clothes were splattered with blood. Luker also admitted to deputies that he was the shooter.
Investigators searched the van for the murder weapon, but they were unable to locate it in the vehicle, which they termed as being “extremely nasty”. Hundreds of small roaches were visible crawling around the van, and what was believed to be blood was found on the driver’s seat. The van was towed back to Brewton to be processed by investigators.
The murder was first reported to be the result of an argument over a ladder that was propped against the suspect’s travel trailer. But when Luker, who appeared to be intoxicated, made her confession to the sheriff, she said the ladder was not part of the incident. Gray said she got into an argument with Porter, words were exchanged and she shot him once with a handgun. She denied that Luker had any part in the murder. She told the sheriff that she had tossed the murder weapon “in the river”.
After deputies enter Luker’s camper with guns drawn to make sure it was empty, they found Luker had been living in absolute squalor. The small travel trailer was littered with clothes and dirty dishes. Hundreds of roaches were scattered by light, and the stench was overwhelming. Children’s toys could be seen among the mess. Outside, raw sewage dripped on the ground. Children’s toys were scattered around an open septic tank.
Kenny Porter (victim):
<--WTF is with the grin?!?