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Charges upgraded in Daytona Beach hammer attack

Man dies after hammer attack in Daytona Beach

The man accused of severely attacking two men with hammers while they were doing construction work at a house next door had his charges upgraded on Wednesday after one victim died.

Arenthius Jenkins, 32, appeared back before a judge, now charged with second degree murder. Jenkins' family and friends were also in court and concerned about his well-being.

"When are we going to be able to have visitations? I mean, he has limited phone calls. So like, we don't ever have any status," said Diwon Barron, Jenkins' brother.

Barron also told News 6 that his family is concerned about the victims and their loved ones.

"I just want to say sorry for what occurred. It's a tragic situation but it could have been prevented, had we had the help we sought out for was taken," he said.

Billy Ford, 62, died from his injuries.

"Billy wasn't going to make it. I seen him. I went in to see him and I've never seen nothing like that," said Larry Gross, brother of Terrance Gross, another victim in the attack.

Meanwhile, Gross remains in the hospital.

"He'll never be 100 percent again. Nobody's a winner when it comes down to something like this, you know," he said.

Jenkins remains at the Volusia County Jail without bond and is under 24 hour supervision.

The Gross family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for medical expenses.
 


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