(Memphis) Just a few days before his birthday a Raleigh man is shot and killed steps away from his home. His accused murderer is now behind bars.
Police say 20-year-old Devin Buckingham hid out Thursday behind bushes on Meadow Glade Lane, until he saw his target, 21-year-old Alex Winfield.
“He just walked to the store. I was expecting him to walk back up and he never walked back,” said Winfield’s brother, Eric, who was just feet away in their home when he heard gun shots ring into the air.
“You heard the gunshots, you ran outside. What did you see?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.
“I found my brother on the ground,” replied Winfield.
The family tells News Channel 3, Buckingham shot Winfield once in the stomach and then twice in the head. He then took off in a nearby getaway car. He was on the run until last night when police arrested and charged him with first degree murder. Winfield hasn’t slept in two days but is somewhat pleased to know Buckingham is now behind bars.
“It makes me feel a little better, but It won’t bring my little brother back,” said Winfield.
The two Raleigh men may have had an on-going drama, but Winfield isn’t sure what it was over. He says he’s never heard of or seen the man accused of murdering his little brother. Whatever the continuous fight was over, Winfield says it wasn’t worth a life.
“He wasn’t a cruel or bad person. He was a very good person. He didn’t deserve that,” replied Winfield.
Now the family is planning a funeral at a time they should be celebrating life. Eric Winfield’s birthday is this weekend, but he’s not alone. His slain little brother would have been 22 Monday.
Buckingham heads to court tomorrow, this isn’t his first time being in trouble for a violent crime. In 2012, He was found guilty of beating his own mother and threatening to kill her.