Third homicide of the year marks Roanoke family's second loss to gun violence

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Police continue to investigate a deadly shooting in downtown Roanoke that happened early Saturday morning. On Tuesday, police took Adrian Tremaine Simmons, 25, of Roanoke, into custody on a warrant charging him with the murder of Kendall Lamont Wallace, 35, of Roanoke.

Wallace was shot and killed, which is the second time the Roanoke family has lost a loved one to violence.

"Everyone is devastated" said Shavon Wallace. "David, my first brother, got shot after leaving a nightclub, Kendall gets shot after leaving a nightclub".

David Wallace was only 19 years old when he was killed in 1998. Nearly two decades later, the Wallace family now mourns Kendall's loss. Shavon said her mother is heartbroken for a second time.

"She kept saying her heart can't take it again, her heart can't take it again," continued Wallace.

Shavon said Kendall was a good person with a sense of humor, a loving father to his son, Ashton.

"How do you tell a little boy his daddy is dead and he is not coming back home?" asked Wallace.

Friends said Kendall owned a business in Roanoke, off of Brandon Avenue. Friends and family plan to keep the store open as one way to allow his legacy to continue.

Police believe it was an isolated incident. Authorities said it started as a fight and ended with gun shots. Kendall's death is the third homicide of the year and the second tragedy for the Wallace family.

While their pain may never go away, many hope to see the violence end.