Walter Ashley Jr., 39, who was killed early Sunday morning on the parking lot of the Three Gables Nightclub, was the second member of his family who died as a result of a homicide., adding to the hurt of family members.

Walter Ashley Jr., 39, who was killed early Sunday morning on the parking lot of the Three Gables Nightclub, was the second member of his family who died as a result of a homicide., adding to the hurt of family members.

In 2007, a brother, Dannell Ashley, was killed at the Green Door on North University Drive.

“We’re all torn up and really hurting,” their sister, Tangrlia Ashley, said Wednesday. “It’s hard but we’re doing the best we can.”

She said Walter Ashley Jr., who worked at the Pine Bluff Arsenal, “smiled and was always joking with people all the time. Everybody he came in contact with, he called brother, or sister, or aunt, or something like that. He never met a stranger.”

Cornesha Matthews, who was a cousin, said Walter Ashley Jr. was “more like an uncle because he was older.

“We had our birthday the same day and we shared that with each other,” she said. “If you were mad, he could always make you laugh.”

Both Walter Ashley Jr., and Tangrlia Ashley were 1991 graduates of Dollarway High School.

“He was a year older than me but we were in the same grade,” Tangrlia Ashley said. “We grew up in the same house, were in the same grade from fourth grade on, and had our family meetings where we planned things.”

Tangrlia Ashley said members of the class of 1991, as well as the classes of 1990 and 1992 have been supportive, as have other graduates of the school.

While at Dollarway High, Walter Ashley Jr., played football for then-coach Lee Hardman.

“He was a running back for me and had a lot of talent,” Hardman said. “Watching his son play reminds me a lot of Walt.”

Hardman said there were a number of running backs on those teams and “Walt never complained and never had a problem sharing time with them. That’s one of the things that really impressed me about him. He was always eager to work.”

Tangrlia Ashley said her brother was also a coach for the Westside Tigers Little League Football team “since Little Walter (Walter Ashley III) was 4 years old.”

Walter Ashley III is now 16 and plays football for Pine Bluff High School.

Pastor Patrick Lockett coached the Westside Tigers with Ashley for four years.

Asked how Ashley was as a coach, Lockett said he was “wonderful, but now a disciplinarian. We won the Super Bowl on Saturday 24-0.”

Lockett said Ashley also “spent a lot of time with his kids. I would see them together at football games and other events.”

In addition to Walter Ashley III, Walter Ashley Jr. also is survived by a daughter, Tearra, 18, who graduated from Pine Bluff High School last year, and two younger sons, Dylan, 10, and Weston, 7.

In addition to his passion for coaching, both Lockett and Tangrlia Ashley said Walter Ashley loved to ride motorcycles.

“We’ve had a lot of support from the community now, but we want to see what happens after this is over and what we need to do to see that things change in this community,” Tangrlia Ashley said. “It shouldn’t take a death to bring people together.”

She said she is working on creating a scholarship in Ashley’s name, with a portion of that going to other children whose families have been impacted by violence.

Trammell Moore, 18, and Joshua Moore, 22, were arrested in connection with the death of Walter Ashley Jr. and the wounding of three other people. They are both being held without bond pending the filing of formal charges.

Funeral services for Walter Ashley Jr. will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Greater Fellowship Church by Brown Funeral Home.