The suspects in the slaying of four close friends are a father and son and were known to at least one of the four victims whose bodies were found in a Wisconsin cornfield, her family has confirmed to DailyMail.com.
The older man, Darren McWright, was arrested Wednesday night while his son Antoine Suggs, remains on the loose, believed to be in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Suggs is described by police as armed and dangerous.
Damone Presley, the father of victim Nitosha Flug-Presley, says the last time he saw McWright, 56, was in the Little Six Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota, when the man now accused of killing his daughter approached him to offer his condolences on the death of Presley’s father.
‘We go way back,’ said Presley, 50, standing outside his home in St. Paul. ‘I wouldn’t say he was a close family friend but he was a well-known friend of the family.
‘He certainly wasn’t a stranger.
‘We go way back,’ said Damone Presley, 50, of 56-year-old Darren McWright, who is accused of killing his daughter Nitosha Flug-Presley and three of her friends. ‘I wouldn’t say he was a close family friend but he was a well-known friend of the family'
Darren Lee McWright, left, was arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of four friends in Wisconsin. Police are looking for Antoine Darnique Suggs, a possible accomplice
‘Just a month and a half ago I spoke to him — or should I say he spoke to me.
‘My father had passed last year in December, so he came up to me in the casino and gave his condolence — we shared our childhood memories and chit-chatted about some of the work I and my parents have done in the community.’
He said he hadn’t seen McWright — who also uses the alibi Darren Osborne — in four years prior to that.
Flug-Presley, 30, was one of four people found shot to death in an abandoned SUV in rural Sheridan, Wisconsin, some 70 miles from the Twin Cities. Also dead were her close friend Jasmine Sturm, 30, and Sturm’s brother Matthew Pettus, 26, and boyfriend Loyace Foreman III, 35,
The four had all gone out to Shamrocks a popular bar in downtown St. Paul on Saturday night. Their bodies were found the following afternoon. None of the victims had any ties to Sheridan, which is in Dunn County, Wisconsin.
However, there is an outstanding Dunn County warrant for the arrest of McWright, the Star-Tribune reported.
Victims Jasmine Sturm (left) and Matthew Pettus (right) were half-siblings, and worked together at Shamrocks Irish bar and grill in St. Paul
Victim Loyace Foreman III (left) was Sturm's boyfriend, while Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley (right) was a friend of Sturm
Presley said his daughter also knew Suggs, 38, who was even in her house at her son’s birthday party earlier this year.
‘He is a friend of two of her cousins and at our last gathering three months ago I remember seeing him there.
‘I am trying to process it all now,’ Presley added.
And he had a message for his erstwhile friend and his son. ‘How dare you?’ he raged. ‘How dare you?
‘But justice will be served. Not only for you but to everyone else involved. Justice will come.’
Presley has been involved in social issues in the Rondo area of St. Paul for years. A yard sign on his front lawn reads: ‘Guns Down St. Paul.’
He said he believed McWright would have stopped the murders if he had known that his daughter was one of the intended victims as disputes in the area are normally settled between family elders