Relatives of the man gunned down in last week’s road rage incident in St. Petersburg are grateful the accused killer is in jail, but they’re also struggling to cope with the loss of their loved one.
First-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and burglary are the charges William Shutt is facing in the March 27 road-rage killing that took the life of a beloved family man, 42-year-old Quentin Hicks.
Just over a week since the incident in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood, a judge in a Pinellas County courtroom read the charges Shutt is facing.
St. Petersburg police say Shutt was seen driving off in a Hyundai SUV after shooting Hicks in a road rage incident.
Hicks and a younger man later crashed into a tree. Hicks died soon after.
“This hurts very deeply to our family and the kind of loss is just tremendous,” said K. Rena Oliver.
One of Hick’s four sisters says he had five kids, was a grand dad, brother, husband and friend.
“It’s very hard because he was not that kind of person to hurt anyone. Quen was always the one that was jovial and wanted to make people, he wants to see people happy,” said Oliver.
She said her family is relieved by the arrest, is thankful to the detective team that made it happen and is happy nobody else will be hurt.
“It appears that this person has a temper that is very, just outrageous,” said Oliver.
She and her family are relying on their faith to get them through this difficult time.
She’s praying for the survivor of the shooting.
“We want to pray for even the young man who killed my brother because he has to be full of anger,” she said.
Oliver wants to thank the homeowner who provided the video to detectives.
The passenger in the BMW that crashed is out of the hospital.
Quen Hick’s funeral will take place April 13.