Crime

Family, friends remember 23-year-old allegedly shot by his dad on Father's Day in Lexington

Lexington police investigate after a man was found Sunday night in the 100 block of St. Ann Drive with potentially life-threatening injuries consistent with a gunshot wound.
Lexington police investigate after a man was found Sunday night in the 100 block of St. Ann Drive with potentially life-threatening injuries consistent with a gunshot wound.

A Lexington man has been charged with murdering his 23-year-old son after an argument on Father's Day in a driveway in a Lexington neighborhood off Richmond Road, according to court records.

Police charged James Hendron Jr. with murder and domestic violence in the death of 23-year-old Austin Hendron, according to an arrest citation.

One of Austin Hendron's relatives, who identified himself as his brother, used the Instagram name "Hendo," and wrote in an Instagram story that Austin Hendron was trying to walk away from the argument when his father (James Hendron Jr.) allegedly grabbed his gun and shot him five times.

Austin Hendron died of multiple gunshot wounds at 9:15 p.m. at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the Fayette County coroner's office.

Hendron was found after police were called about 5:15 p.m. Sunday to the 100 block of St. Ann Drive off Richmond Road near the Idle Hour Shopping Center for a reported "disorder with a weapon," police Lt. Nathaniel Muller said.

Family and friends remembered Austin Hendron on Monday in social media posts.

Hendron's mother, Tracy Curtsinger, shared photos of her son on Facebook. "I need to wake up from this nightmare! I need him back!"

Curtsinger did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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The Instagram story from "Hendo" said: "I don't know what kind of person could do that. Someone who has rarely been visible most of our life took my brother away in a matter of seconds."

Elijah Burdette, a self-described close friend wrote in another Instagram post with photos of Austin Hendron. "Please watch over me and find peace in your soul. I know your heart and I know your pain. You can let it all go now young king, rest easy."

Austin Hendron was a football player when he attended Bryan Station High School, according to Herald-Leader archives. He was one of four boys in one family, and at least three played on various teams, sometimes against each other, according to a previous article.

According to court records, James Hendron Jr., the father, was found guilty of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in 2009. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a minor in the same year, but those charges appear to have been dismissed.

The death is the 14th homicide in Lexington in 2018. Fourteen homicides from Jan. 1 to June 18 exceeds the number of murders in the same time span in the previous five years, including last year, when the city had a record 28 homicides.

However, an unusual surge in homicides in August (4), September (6) and October (5) made 2017 a record year for Lexington.

In most of the city's slayings, there is often, but not always, a tie between victim and killer, meaning the slayings aren't random, police have said previously.

Hendron Jr., 45, was arraigned Monday afternoon.

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