Arrests made in Hot Springs homicide, mother speaks about her son

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -Two 19-year-olds were arrested in connection with the shooting of Timothy Chase Humphries, 22, in Hot Springs on Aug. 22. After Humphries was shot, he was discovered at 509 Lakeland Drive Lot 10 and taken to a local hospital where he died.

Tyler McKisick and Gerrard Wells, both 19, were arrested on capital murder warrants by the Garland County Sheriff's Department. On Oct. 3, The Hot Springs Police Department assisted in the apprehension of Wells in the 700 block of Park Avenue without incident.

Later in the day, an investigator identified a car that McKisick was a passenger in. Suspects fled the car during an attempted traffic stop and were apprehended along with three firearms and "a small amount of narcotics," according to a police report from the Garland County Sheriff's office.

Humphries' mother, Cheryl Teague, wants the public to know who Humphries was.

"Chasers had the most contagious laugh and the biggest smile, but his huge heart was what he was known for, Teague said. "Chase was outgoing, funny, loving and never met a stranger. He was engaged to be married to a lovely young woman who accompanied him to North Carolina and Virginia where he worked alongside his father as an electrician's apprentice for two years. They moved back to Hot Springs in November of 2016 and he worked in landscaping until his death."
 
A YouCaring page has been set up to help Teague cover funeral costs for her son.
 
"Chase had many friends and a very large family who have all suffered tremendously over this senseless tragedy," Teague said. "I can't tell you how many people have told me that he was the best friend they ever had because that's the way he made people feel.  He was always willing to lend a hand to a friend or a stranger."
 
Teague said she didn't know why someone would do this, just that the police have two suspects in custody.
 
"He was especially close to his grandparents who are now completely devastated," Teague said. "His little sister and younger brother are lost without him, and his father and I will never be the same. His fiance's life is shattered. He gave us all so much joy, and now we are left with emptiness in our hearts that can never be filled."

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