HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
A Harrisburg community is mourning the loss of the city's latest murder victim. Police said the victim was beaten to death, and his accused killer is behind bars.
Marcos Martinez-Marquez, 47, is accused in the beating death of 28-year-old Jonathan Frysinger.
"Marcos and him were just acquaintances. They weren't friends. They just got along for my sake, for my daughter's sake," said Andrina Shutt. She is the mother of Frysinger's 8-year-old daughter. Shutt is also Marquez's girlfriend and mother of his unborn child.
Police said the murder happened around 9 p.m. Friday on the 1300 block of Berryhill Street. Shutt was there that night and said it all began as an argument.
"Marcos was mad because Jonathan had entered (our) bedroom, chasing my daughter. They were playing hide and go seek and it escalated and it was like a snowball," she said.
"He (Frysinger) kind of had a way about him that just tended to escalate circumstances because he speaks his mind. He speaks how he feels and he doesn't hold back," said George Reynolds, Frysinger's best friend. "I admired his traits to be able to speak out for himself and stick up for himself."
Police said Marquez hit Frysinger over the head. Shutt said he used a large piece of wood.
"All I heard was a big crack and I came out and Jonathan was laying in a big pool of blood," Shutt said.
Frysinger was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"Marcos didn't know his own strength. It wasn't meant to be like that. It wasn't meant to be that bad," Shutt said. "Marcos was a great guy. He wouldn't do something like this intentionally. It breaks my heart because, like I said, two lives are lost."
Marquez is being held in Dauphin County Prison and has a preliminary hearing scheduled May 6.
Friends of Frysinger said he will be missed.
"He was my best friend, my only friend," Reynolds said. "True people, true friends are really hard to come by and Jonathan, he was one of those guys."
"Jonathan's a great guy. He's a great dad. He's gonna be missed. Like I said, two lives are gone. I'm pregnant to Marcos. So it's two children who are out on a father. It's just a sad story," Shutt said.
According to ABC27 News records, this is the fourth homicide of the year in Harrisburg.