Father of three year old slain in I-75 shooting speaks out

MAlachi Barnes pictured before his life was taken (courtesy:Anthony Barnes).

Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- A Toledo man who lost his 3-year-old son in a Thanksgiving Day shooting says he believes he was not the intended target. Anthony Barnes believes a family member is who the bullets that killed his son were for.

"I opened up the back door and Icouldn't believe my eyes. Malachi was on the floor."

Last Thursday evening A vehicle pulled along side his on I 75 and fired several rounds into the car. His two other children inside the car did not sustain life threatening injuries. Malachi was shot and later died at the hospital.

Just hours earlier Barnes recored a Facebook live video during a Thanksgiving celebration with his family. Aferwards he went outside to warm up up the car and strap his kids in. He believes that's when the shooters saw him talking outside with a relative.

"Apparently he wasn't the primary target, he was like the brother of a primary target."

The family man says the communtiy has rallied behind him, donating more than 6,000 dollars to cover mounting expenses like funeral costs, therapy for his kids, and a car since his old one was shot up.

" I didn't know I had that kind of support," said Barnes.

Though he appreciates the support, he says he'd rather have justice for his son whome he describes an articulate and cheerful three-year-old who loved trucks.

"Eveyrthing that I was doing wasfor my kids, I had plans for Malachi," said Barnes, a Carpet cleaning entrepreneur.

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