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Jackson Murder Victim's Family Speaks Out

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

Jackson police charged Travis Sentell Holiday, 32 with second degree murder, Tuesday. Police said Holiday surrendered on Sunday after learning he was a person of interest in their investigation.

Early Sunday morning, Jackson police were called to Breaker's Billiards where they found Ken Brasher, 44 had been assaulted. Police said Brasher was attacked by another customer that fled the scene before officers arrived. Brasher was transported by ambulance to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and was later pronounced dead.

The victim's family spoke exclusively with 7 Eyewitness News and said family member James Lenon, who is Brasher's nephew was there the night of the murder and believes his uncle was killed over a game of pool.

" So we are down there playing darts but he put money on the pool table, which meant we had next game, " said Lenon.

When it was Brasher's turn on the table, Lenon said four men came in and stole their table.

"My uncle came over there and said, 'No, we have next game what are you doing?' There was just a little altercation but no punches," said Lenon.

Family members said after a few words Brasher had decided to walk away from the table because he did not want to fight over a game of pool. When Brasher turned his back, witnesses said he was struck in the back of the head with a blunt object then brutally beaten by several men.

"I looked into his eyes. I knew this man was gone before he hit the floor and they were sitting there punching and kicking him in the head," said Lenon.

Family members said they want justice.

" They had no right to kill a good man like that he didn't deserve that," said Shana Pruitt, Brasher's girlfriend.

Brasher's nephew told 7 Eyewitness News that he was held back to watch helplessly as his uncle was beaten to death for several minutes.

"I have never seen that in my life, somebody die for something just stupid ..so stupid," said Lenon.

Family members describe Brasher as a gentle giant with a heart of gold, who had big dreams of owning his own restaurant one day.

"To me, I think it's all a bad dream that I'm going to wake up from," said Keith Brasher, Ken Brasher's twin brother.

7 Eyewitness News spoke to some of Brasher's classmates from Illinois who said that he was a good man, great wrestler and strong football player back in high school.

Holiday will be arraigned in Jackson City Court , Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. If you have any information in this case call Jackson Police AT (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-8477.

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