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Woman hopes for leads in brother's slaying

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Candice Mahood doesn't know what her brother was doing before he was found shot to death beside a Dumpster on John Wesley Drive in Mink Shoals.

Kanawha County sheriff's deputies are still investigating and have not released many details into who allegedly shot Shane Patrick Henry, 26, multiple times Saturday.

Henry had been planning a camping trip and was excited to pick up his 3-year-old son for Father's Day, his sister said.

At about 8:30 a.m., Kanawha County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Mink Shoals resident saying that she saw a man lying on the ground next to a Dumpster. Henry was dead when paramedics arrived on the scene.

There had been no reports of gunshots fired, but neighbors told police that they had heard what they thought were firecrackers overnight.

Henry had no previous run-ins with the law and had been employed as a chef at the Embassy Suites before being laid off recently.

If somebody or something were troubling him, he wouldn't have told anybody, Mahood said.

"He had no family. Our father died, brother died, our two grandmothers died and my mother's boyfriend had passed on, too," Mahood said. "My brother never really had anybody around him, even if he wanted someone to help him."

Henry and Mahood lost their father when Henry was just 3 years old. Their brother died of sudden infant death syndrome and as children, their home burned down.

"My life has just been endless tragedies," Mahood said.

Henry had no life insurance policy so it's been difficult for the family to pay for his funeral arrangements, Mahood said. She's also holding off on memorial arrangements hoping police would solve the slaying.

"I pretty much just want to feel comfortable" at the service, she said. "I have a little girl and I'm trying to think of safety reasons. I don't want the suspect to show up to the funeral and I might not even know it."

Mahood's co-workers at Aladdin Restaurant in Charleston donated their tips Friday night to his funeral fund. Henry's friend is collecting money at the Blue Parrot on Capitol Street, she said. And his friends, many of whom play in local bands, are planning a benefit concert.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Brian Humphreys said the investigation into Henry's slaying was ongoing. He said he was reluctant to say more for fear of harming the investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff's department at 304-357-0169.

Henry's death has been difficult for everyone who knew him, his sister said.

"Anyone who has reached out to me during this has told me that my brother was the most outgoing, fun person to be around," she said. "He had a big heart and there was something about his smile. His smile lit up the room."

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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