Community donates $11,000 to family of slain man

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.

PANAMA CITY — The community is pitching in to help the family of a 33-year-old man who was fatally shot during a homecoming gathering for his newborn baby.

The News Herald of Panama City ( ) reports that more than $11,000 had been donated to an account set up for the family of Steven Justin Ayers.

Police say Ayers' 62-year-old neighbor Charles Edward Shisler is accused of manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a felon. Investigators say Shisler told them the gun accidentally discharged when he picked it up inside his home Tuesday night. The bullet went into Ayers' home some 200 feet away.

Ayers and his wife Jessica had just brought home their 3-day-old son, who was born on Father's Day. Family member had gathered for a celebration when the shooting occurred.

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