Updated: Slain man's mother calls for end to violence

DANVILLE — A Danville mother is calling for the violence to end following the beating Saturday night of her son, Anthony Carter, who died Sunday night at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Tasha Carter of Danville said the violence and killing have to stop.

"He was a good person. He would help you with anything," said Carter, adding that she was speaking on behalf of her herself and her husband, Tim Carter. "It was the people (Anthony) was hanging with that had enemies. I just want all this to stop. I can't bring him back. I don't want anybody messing with anybody. Just let the law handle it. ... Let me mourn in peace and let everything go. What the law won't handle, God will."

Tasha Carter said she's mad, but she wants those responsible for her son's death to know that she's praying for them.

Danville police were called at 6 p.m. Saturday to the 600 block of Plum Street where they found Mr. Carter, 22, lying in the street unconscious. He was rushed by Medix Ambulance to Carle Hospital in Urbana where he was pronounced dead at 11 Sunday night, according to Thomason.

An autopsy on Monday showed Mr. Carter died from blunt force trauma to the head, Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said in a release.

Thomason said witnesses who were at the scene Saturday night told police that several males approached Mr. Carter and at least one began beating him. The group drove off but as of Monday morning, police did not have a description of the vehicle, said Thomason. He asks that anyone with information about the crime call Danville police or Crimestoppers at 446-8477.

He said there were no weapons, that police know of, involved in the altercation. Thomason said police detectives were out Monday, canvassing the neighborhood around Plum Street.

Yolanda Rowell, Mr. Carter's sister, said her brother leaves behind two children, a boy and a girl. She said she misses her brother, who came to see her every day and now she can't see him.

Mr. Carter's uncle, Courtland Rowell, said his nephew was a loving person, who cared about a lot of people.

"I just hate what happened. It's horrible. I just hope whoever did it — I hope they get them," he said.

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