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Man who aided Sunday morning homicide victim knew victim from Monday

Bruce Williams, the man who helped Sunday's homicide victim until police arrived, said he's still in a state of shock after finding out his good friend was shot and killed nearly 24 hours later. (Photo: KATV)

Bruce Williams said he was laying in bed with his wife early Sunday morning when he heard gunshots ring out across the street.

"I immediately peek out the window," recalled Williams. "I can see two guys out there tussling in front of his door."

The man's door front Williams was referencing was Vincent James, 48 of Little Rock.

Williams said it was a tall skinny black man and white man who had apparently robbed James. James wobbled across the 3100 block of Main Street to Williams's front porch, bloodied, shot in both legs, begging for help. Williams immediately called 911, staying with James while being coached by dispatch until authorities arrived on scene.

"They told me he was going to be alright," lamented Williams. "A couple of hours later I got bad news that he had passed."

According to Williams, James was the only neighbor he would speak with on his block. Williams said James had just lent him some equipment to help take care of his lawn less than a week prior to James's death. "He would help anyone," said Williams.

But the bad news wouldn't stop on Sunday for Williams. Nearly 24 hours later he would learn that his good friend since childhood, Antwon Bryant, 27 of Little Rock, was shot and killed roughly five blocks away at 29th & Frontage Road. Williams said he had just seen Bryant when police and media had descended on his block for James's homicide.

"To see him at my house the previous day and dead the next day - you know - it's crazy," said Williams.

Williams said Bryant was his partner in his concert promoting business, helping Williams put up posters around Little Rock and sell tickets to the events. The two used to play basketball together growing up.

Bryant's family didn't want to go on camera on Tuesday, still shaken by the passing of their brother and son. One of Bryant's brothers said Bryant was a father of two with another child on the way.

Williams said there's no point in asking Bryant or James's assailants to turn themselves in - he said they're heartless and want to avoid jail time - simply just escalating the violence in Little Rock without an end in sight.

"It's a light being shined on our city behind all the foolishness that's going on," said Williams. "They want the light to shine brighter, you know?"

No one is in custody in either homicide, the 41st and 42nd homicides of the year in Little Rock. If you have any information on either case, you're of course urged to contact Little Rock Police.

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