Mother of slain Carbondale man Tim Beaty speaks out

Another person is in custody following the shooting death of Tim Beaty. Carbondale Police say John Ingram turned himself in at the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro, Illinois.  

Police arrested Ingram for aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Police already arrested Dwayne Dunn after the shooting Easter morning, but they’re still looking for Travis Tyler and Daniel Holmes in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Son, father and now hero. That’s how Tim Beaty’s mother, Kittie McMillan, describes her son.

She, other family and friends from around southern Illinois are saying their final goodbyes to someone taken from them too soon.

“How could this have happened?” asks McMillan.

Looking at photos of her son, McMillan prepares for something she never expected to do: say goodbye.

"It’s not any easier when they become an adult. when you lose them and to lose him so unexpectedly,” she said.

McMillan says it’s been difficult for her and the family, but especially for Tim’s wife, Jessica. She says they keep going for Tim and Jessica’s 5-year-old son, Jake.

“He was a loving, caring dad,” she said.

Carbondale police reported Tim was shot and killed, an innocent bystander, after a shooting broke out at a neighboring house. But McMillan says police told the family Tim was more involved.

She says they’re told two people ran to his house for help when the shooting began.

"He opened the door, he grabbed a hold of both of them, and their statements said ‘He got us down on the floor and he laid on top of us and told us, just kept saying over and over It’s going to be okay. I got you guys. I’m not going to let anything happen to you. You’re okay’,” she said.

McMillan says police told the family Tim laid on the two people until being hit himself. She says the two told police they were terrified, called 911 and ran.  She says she doesn’t blame them.

The day after Tim died, she says they found roses on his doorstep.

"And there was a note attached to them that none of could really understand until now. But it said, ‘To Tim’s son: Your dad was a courageous hero and we will be forever grateful for his unselfish act,’” she said.

Many are remembering Tim as a talented musician and caring friend. McMillan says she’s sad to let go but she knows his death wasn’t in vain.

"He died doing what he had done his whole life, trying to take care of somebody," McMillan said.

The visitation for Tim Beaty runs Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. The funeral service will be held there at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations for Jake’s education.

Donations can be dropped off at the Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale or to the Tim Beaty Memorial Fund at People’s National Bank in Centralia, Illinois.

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