HAZELWOOD — The lodge supervisor who was killed over the weekend lived on the extended-stay facility the place he was shot and served as a “peacekeeper,” a number of individuals mentioned Monday.
Victor Fox, 52, was shot and killed Saturday evening within the again car parking zone of the InTown Suites Prolonged Keep Resort in Hazelwood whereas making an attempt to verify the 2 individuals who had been kicked out of the lodge had already left, authorities mentioned.
“Everybody within the constructing liked this man,” mentioned lodge resident Delilah Gore, and so they all labored collectively to wash up the crime scene after police left.
The three suspects within the capturing — 20-year-old Jaylen McElroy, 18-year-old Marshawn Brinkley, and an unnamed 16-year-old — opened hearth, and Fox returned hearth, Hazelwood Police Capt. Tim Berger mentioned. .
Fox and an assistant went exterior after McIlroy and Brinkley had been requested to go away when an argument escalated in a room, in line with court docket paperwork.
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Tensions had been excessive because the three suspects pulled their weapons within the car parking zone, and gunfire erupted.
Police mentioned Fox was shot within the knees and fingers. He crawled again to the lodge, and officers discovered him unconscious within the foyer. He died in hospital.
McElroy was additionally shot within the chest, however police mentioned they didn’t know who hit him. He remained within the hospital Monday night.
On Monday afternoon, whereas many automobiles parked on the lodge nonetheless confirmed bullet holes and shattered home windows, residents mourned Fox’s loss of life.
“Everybody was rooting for him as a result of he stored himself protected right here,” Gore mentioned. “He hated calling the police. … He was a peacemaker. He actually did nothing to anybody. When this occurred, he was making an attempt to maintain the peace.”
Gore mentioned her husband was leaving the lodge to select her up round 10:45 p.m. when he noticed what was occurring and known as 911.
Prolonged-stay accommodations like InTown provide individuals weekly and month-to-month charges for furnished rooms and provide facilities just like residences — together with kitchenettes and laundry amenities.
Residents mentioned Fox is from Virginia, and that his daughter and her youngsters additionally reside on the lodge. His household couldn’t be contacted on Monday.
Residents additionally mentioned Fox hosted barbecues and helped look after all the kids residing on the facility. He put up a basketball hoop for the children and sometimes organized vacation events.
Gabrielle Fleming, a resident of the lodge, mentioned he had been the lodge’s supervisor for at the very least 4 years. She had lived on the lodge for about three years and mentioned Fox confirmed her some leniency when she had lately given beginning to her son and cash was tight.
“He was very useful, very understanding,” she mentioned. “In a spot like this, everybody wants assist. He would say on a regular basis, ‘I simply need to assist my individuals.’ There’s loads happening, and I simply need to assist my individuals. He was a very nice man.”
Sean Maguire is a double amputee and mentioned Fooks helped him transfer out of his earlier condo and into InTown Suites about two months in the past when Maguire wanted a spot to remain. He mentioned Fox was balanced, took care of residents and dealt with battle effectively.
He additionally mentioned that Fox’s birthday was on a Thursday — Thanksgiving — and he celebrated with a neighborhood dinner for lodge company.
“He actually went out of his method,” Maguire mentioned. “I wanted him, and he was there. That is what issues. There is no one who would not assist him. Everybody ought to know what a great man he was.”
Gore mentioned the lads accused of killing Fox didn’t reside on the lodge, however she had seen them within the constructing for about two weeks.
“We may inform they had been an issue,” Gore mentioned. “I hate to say that.”
McIlroy and Brinkley have each been charged with second-degree homicide, first-degree assault and two counts of armed prison motion in Fox’s loss of life. The 16-year-old, who was charged as a juvenile and has not been publicly recognized, was additionally charged with second-degree homicide, first-degree assault and armed prison motion.
Police mentioned the three initially fled the scene earlier than being arrested. McElroy is being held on a $750,000 cash-only bond, and Brinkley is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond. The 16-year-old was nonetheless in custody Monday afternoon, and his bail info was not out there.