A Memphis family is grappling with unanswered questions following the tragic shooting of a well-known restaurateur in Whitehaven over the weekend.
The atmosphere at Tha Table on Elvis Presley Boulevard is far from its usual bustling self after yet another fatal incident in Memphis.
This time, among the victims was Alfonzo Turner, the proprietor of the Whitehaven restaurant.
“This is something we deeply regret, but he was cherished. He had a genuine affection for people, and that affection was reciprocated. We’re grateful that it’s receiving attention,” he remarked.
According to Memphis Police, the incident unfolded around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in the restaurant’s parking area. Two individuals were discovered with gunshot wounds. Among them was Turner, a young man characterized as a visionary who held a deep love for his family and community.
“Ah, he was always full of life, joyful, incredibly talented – he could tackle anything, a true visionary. You could see it in a place like this. It was the realization of one of his dreams,” William shared.
Earlier today, City Councilwoman Patrice Robinson mentioned that she convened with several church pastors in the Whitehaven neighborhood to address the issue of crime and work towards finding viable solutions.
“Our community is in mourning. We’re unaware of the perpetrator’s identity. They remain at large. It’s a somber day for our community,” Robinson expressed. “The pastors have pledged to dedicate more time to our young people in the community, and I believe this should have been a priority long ago.
Perhaps we wouldn’t be in this situation now, but they’re taking steps in the right direction.” While family and friends continue to mourn, William Turner emphasized that their focus must now turn to supporting the fiancée and young child his brother leaves behind.
He was a father, and he had a fiancée, so our main concern now is finding ways to shower the family with love and support as we move forward.
This was a space where his dreams thrived,” William expressed. Memphis Police are still in search of the assailant.
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