Brighton shooting victim's family speaks
Updated: Tuesday, October 22 2013, 05:52 AM EDT
Dansville, N.Y.— For Bess Pender, the memory of her youngest son, Jonathan Pender, will be filled with images of his smiling face and laughter.
She says Jonathan was simply a person whom everyone gravitated to, loved and sought in the time of need.
Jonathan grew up most of his life in Dansville, but relocated to Brighton after his last job in Hawaii. He was most recently working at Macy’s at Eastview Mall.
“He was a very generous, giving, kind-hearted, compassionate individual that truly had a magnetic personality,” Bess said.
According to Brighton Police, 30-year-old Jonathan Pender was shot several times and killed at his Elmwood Court apartment around 4 p.m. on October 20th.
Police arrived at the complex after reports of a disturbance. That’s when police found Pender dead in his apartments and 29-year-old Matthew Fix barely alive with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Fix was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital where he later died.
During a press conference Monday, Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson said that it appears Fix used a .45-caliber gun to shoot Pender several times before turning the gun on himself.
Police believe the two men knew each other and say the incident “involved a female”.
Bess Pender believes her son was shot and killed because he was trying to help a friend.
According to friends and family, Pender was friends with Fix’s ex-girlfriend and was helping her through the break-up. They believe that Fix unnecessarily saw Pender as a threat.
The Pender family says prayers from the people who loved Jonathan is helping through their loss.
“It is our faith and without question, the magnitude of prayers that are being sent to our family at this time that is keeping us going and knowing that my son is with the Lord,” Bess said. “I have a peace about that.”
Brighton Police are still investigating what might have led up to the murder-suicide.
They are looking into both men’s social media accounts, interviewing friends and acquaintances and also investigating text messages.