I’m going to seriously need someone to tell me what is going on in Arkansas. First we had to swallow the hard pill of the “mysterious” death of Chavis Carter being ruled as a suicide even though he died while handcuffed and in police custody, now this.
TheGrio is reporting that on Friday, November 9, 21-year-old Ernest Hoskins Jr. was fatally shot in the face during lunch at his boss Chris Reynolds’ home. The way the story is being told by Ben Crump, who is the lawyer representing the Hoskins family, Ernest and three of his co-workers from Raynell Industries were having lunch when out of nowhere, Reynolds allegedly pulled out a 44 Magnum Desert Eagle pistol and shot Hoskins in the jaw fatally wounding him. “For whatever reason, he pointed the gun at the only African-American guy at the table,” Crump told theGrio.
Ernest’s widow, Nikkisha Hoskins, revealed that the two were still newlyweds as they had just gotten married in July of this year in a private wedding and were scheduled to have a big ceremony on November, a mere nine days following his death. “Instead, the guests for that wedding party attended a funeral,” Crump said. “And Nikki has got a wedding dress that she’s never gonna get to wear.”
The entire incident had come as a surprise to many. Nikkisha expressed that her husband loved his job and had a great relationship with his boss. “He brought us gifts, he invited us over to his house for dinner numerous times,” she shared.“I felt like I died,” the widow said recounting her feelings when she first learned of her husband’s death. “You couldn’t have told me my husband was not going to come home today because I would have called you a liar.”
What’s more disturbing than Hoskin’s death is the fact that the shooting occurred two weeks ago and Reynolds has yet to be arrested. Apparently Arkansas Police are still investigating the crime, meanwhile Reynolds is the one who allegedly made the 911 call to police stating that he shot Hoskins. What more is there to possibly investigate before making an arrest when there were two eye-witnesses that say Reynolds killed this young man in cold blood? “In any jurisdiction in the world, even in Arkansas, this should have resulted in arrest,” Crump said.
This is an extremely sad story that makes you wonder how you’re expected to have faith in our country’s justice system. One can’t help but ask themselves, if the roles were reversed, with Reynolds being Black and Hoskins being Black how different the outcome to this story would be. This is the second “mysterious” death of a Black man being reported from Arkansas. I believe the Arkansas Police Department has some serious explaining to do.
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise