Sister describes Lexington shooting victim as loyal to his family

Brian Edward Carr Jr. was slain in downtown Lexington.
Brian Edward Carr Jr. was slain in downtown Lexington.

The 19-year-old man shot to death in downtown Lexington early Sunday worked in a day-care run by his family.

On Monday night, his older sister, Marsha Gerton, remembered Brian Edward Carr Jr. for his love of kids and loyalty to his family.

"He was the protector of us," she said. "He was very passionate about his family."

She said he was particularly close to his twin brother, Rian.

Gerton said Brian Carr was "the outspoken, rowdy twin," and he enjoyed baseball, football and skateboarding.

"Although he looked rough, he was not the gang-banging type," Gerton said. "He always fought fair. He never used a gun on anyone."

Gerton said that's one reason the family is so upset about the way he died.

Two police officers found Carr suffering from multiple gunshot wounds outside Bar Lexington, 367 East Main Street, at 2:30 a.m. He was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he died.

Gerton said family members don't know of anyone who had reason to be angry with Carr, and friends who went to the bar complex with him Saturday night have told them he "didn't get into anything" while there.

Police Lt. Chris Van Brackel said no arrests had been made.

O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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