Suspect's family speaks about East Jonesboro shooting

© Antonio Sayago Hernandez
© Antonio Sayago Hernandez

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The family of the East Jonesboro shooter, Porfirio Hernandez, asked for forgiveness on camera Monday night.

Antonio Sayago Hernandez is the brother of Porfirio Hernandez, the man accused of killing three people, injuring four others, before killing himself.

Jonesboro police and Porfirio's family said the shooter had a history of mental illness.

"I want to ask with all my heart for you to forgive my brother," said Sayago Hernandez. "My brother did not do it, using his five senses."

The Sayago Hernandez family tells Region 8 News they believe Porfirio was sick. Before his mental illness, they said he was a good man. They said Porfirio changed when the illness took over.

The family said that is when the threats began.

When Region 8 News asked them if they had anything to say to the community, they said they could not begin to express how sad they feel about the tragic events.

"Words are not sufficient to relieve the pain… of the people he... of the crimes he committed," said Sayago Hernandez.

Sayago-Hernandez also told us the man never owned a gun until the days that led up to the shooting.

We're working to learn more about what led up to this shooting. Once Region 8 News confirms more information, we will let you know on kait8.com.

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