Fosters residents react to weekend double homicide
Watson Perrin has spent 50 years’ worth of hunting seasons in Fosters, but he’s never seen anything in town like he did Sunday.
“It was terrible,” he said. “Traffic was horrendous. I didn’t know what was going on.”
Perrin and hundreds of others were stuck in traffic after a truck driver called 911 around 6 a.m. and reported hitting someone on Interstate 20/59 northbound.
But the driver wasn’t responsible for ending that person’s life.
“They found evidence on scene that led (investigators) to believe that being struck by that vehicle may not have been the cause of that person’s death,” said Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit Commander Capt. Jack Kennedy.
A few minutes later, another 911 call came in, this time dispatching deputies to Frog Ridge Road, also in Fosters. There, investigators found another dead man.
“Deputies and medics soon arrived on scene and determined that this subject was also deceased,” Kennedy said. “Evidence on that scene led to the belief that they had been the victim of a shooting or an assault.”
The victims were soon identified as Justin Michael Whitfield and Destin Rashard Holley, both 23 and both from the Montgomery area.
Investigators identified a potential suspect vehicle, and it was later found abandoned in Lowndes County.
That discovery was the break they needed to find the suspects investigators believe are responsible for the deaths.
Keondre Jazel McCall and Mance Quinnell McCall Jr., both 19, both from the Montgomery area, are charged with capital murder. The McCalls are cousins.
“I can’t speak to their thoughts and actions, but they’re going to answer for what they’ve done,” Kennedy said.
Investigators said they don’t believe this incident had any connection to Tuscaloosa County.
But that doesn’t change the victims’ fate, Perrin said.
“It’s just a terrible tragedy,” Perrin said. “I hate to see young people get in trouble like that. I am 80 years old and I have seen a lot of it in my time. It is everywhere.”
Both McCalls remain in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on no bond.
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