Services announced as loved ones remember shooting victim

JONESBORO, Ark. – At only 19-years-old, Monterio A. Barnes had his whole life ahead of him on Sunday, May 14, when he was shot and killed at a party in Jonesboro.

The Blytheville Courier posted Barnes obituary Tuesday, May 23. The young man was a 2016 graduate of Jonesboro High School. His parents, Alfred and Tylisha Patton Barnes, described him as fun-loving.

His services are planned for noon on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at First Missionary Baptist Church, 600 East McHaney Street in Blytheville. Visitation is the same morning from 10 a.m. until noon at the church, the Courier said. 

McDonald-Horne Funeral Directors are in charge of services.

Many have remembered Barnes on his now memorialized Facebook profile.  Photos from a candlelight vigil held this week for Barnes were posted by Kady Thetford, with the caption “rest easy” and a heart next to the innocent victim’s name.

Source: Kady Thetford, Facebook

Some wore printed shirts remembering Barnes with #RIPMonte printed on the back.

Dozens of posts remembered Barnes fondly and expressed the sadness of no longer having him in their lives. Many mentioned his bright and warm smile as a source for joy when near Barnes.

His mother was said to have been hit with the tragic news especially hard. She learned of it the day of the shooting, which was Mother’s Day.

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