Crime

Homicide victim had lost father, brother to gun violence

A bullet hole can be seen in the front window of the home of a double homicide that happened July 30, 2016, at Bay Pines in Bay St. Louis.
A bullet hole can be seen in the front window of the home of a double homicide that happened July 30, 2016, at Bay Pines in Bay St. Louis. ttisbell@sunherald.com

Kristina Quintini had felt the sting of gun violence in her life long before police found her and her boyfriend shot to death and her baby daughter injured Saturday.

The Bay High School graduate and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and University of Southern Mississippi alumna had already lost her father and brother in unrelated killings years before.

On June 7, 1993, Quintini’s father, Darrell Robinson, died after a man shot him to death during an incident at Washington and St. Francis streets in Bay St. Louis.

In March 1994, a Hancock County jury convicted Anthony Frank McKinley on a charge of manslaughter in the case. Because McKinley was a habitual offender, a judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

McKinley had previously been convicted of armed robbery and forcible rape in Louisiana and assault with the intent to murder in Tennessee.

In an unrelated shooting in Bay St. Louis in November 2001, Quintini’s brother, Lavon “L.A.” Nelson, 13, died.

In that case, L.A.’s friend, Frankee Boudreaux, 15 at the time of the killing, pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter. He served a nine-year sentence.

According to authorities, Boudreaux and L.A. were good friends. Both attended alternative school in Bay St. Louis. The day of the Nov. 30, 2001, killing, Boudreaux and a couple of other friends had gone to L.A.’s Sycamore Street home to watch a video when Boudreaux pulled out a pistol to show L.A.

Boudreaux’s attorneys said he thought the gun wasn’t loaded when he pulled the trigger.

Police had initially arrested Boudreaux on a charge of murder in Nelson’s death, but prosecutors reduced the charge to manslaughter, saying they did not have the evidence to prove Boudreaux meant to kill L.A.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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