VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) -- UPDATED (11:16 PM) -- It was an argument that turned deadly. And a family is still in shock this Christmas eve.

“I'm still shocked as it is,” said the victim’s brother, Howard Brown.

Valdosta police say 22-year-old Zebedee Hankerson fatally shot his half brother, 36-year-old Thomas "TJ" Graddy around eight last night at a home on Old Statenville Road. And this Christmas eve, Howard Brown says he and his family are devastated.

“The only thing we do now is plan the funeral. We try to get all of the brothers here so we can bury our oldest brother,” he said.

Police say Hankerson and Graddy were arguing when Hankerson pulled a gun and shot his brother several times in the chest. Hankerson faces voluntary manslaughter and firearm charges but Brown says he forgives his brother.

“I just want to let my little brother know that you know we're not mad at you. We understand that everybody makes mistakes. We don't blame you for anything. Keep your head up. Your family got your back,” Brown said.

The pain runs deep for Brown this Christmas Eve, one brother is dead and another brother in jail.

“Do we consider each other as half brothers? We don't look at each other as that. We’re whole brothers. We don't consider ourselves half brothers or half sisters. We brothers, sisters, point blank period,” he said.

When police got to the home, they say Zebedee Hankerson surrendered. He's in the Lowndes County Jail.


VALDOSTA, Ga. (VPD)-- According to the Valdosta Police Department, 22 year old Zebedee Hankerson shot and killed his 36 year old half brother Thomas TJ Graddy around 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.

Valdosta Police responded to shots fired inside a house located at 610 Old Statenville Road. Hankerson and Graddy were arguing when Hankerson pulled a gun and shot his brother multiple times in the chest.

Hankerson surrended to police at the scene and is currently being held at the Lowndes County Jail.

Hankerson has been charged with Voluntary Manslaughter and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.

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