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Fort Worth man killed during argument was shot in front of toddler, family says

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A man who was shot during an apparent argument with his neighbor was fatally injured in front of his 5-year-old grandson, according to family members.

Kevin Battle, 57, was shot just after 4 p.m. Monday, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. The report says that Battle was shot on the front porch of a duplex. He had gunshot wounds to his head and face. The examiner ruled the manner of death as a homicide.

Fort Worth Police Officer Bradley Perez said the shooting happened in the 7600 block of John T. White Road, in east Fort Worth near Cobblestone Trail Park.

“Homicide detectives found that the victim and a suspect were involved in a verbal argument near the threshold to the suspect’s residence,” he said. “The suspect fired multiple rounds striking the victim as a result of this argument. The suspect then called 911. The suspect was interviewed in reference to this investigation, but was not arrested.”

According to the addresses listed on the Medical Examiner’s website, Battle and the suspect lived in the same duplex. There are two garages on the front of the building, with a gap in the middle with a fence and what appears to be a porch behind it.

The Fort Worth police department hasn’t released any additional information. The name of the man who was detained and questioned has not been released.

Kyle Warnsley, a nephew of Battle’s who emailed the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, said that Battle “was a great man and loved his family more than life itself.”

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Nichole Manna is an investigative reporter for the Star-Telegram. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.
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