One killed, 4 hospitalized in Brighton machete attack; suspect in custody

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BRIGHTON, Colo. (KDVR) — One person was killed and four others were injured Tuesday night in an attack involving a machete, Brighton police said.

The incident occurred at a home in the 2400 block of Cherry Circle, which is near the intersection of East Bromley Lane and South 27th Avenue.

A neighbor says she heard lots of screaming coming from the house around 10 p.m.

Brighton police say 51-year-old Bonnie Skinner of Brighton was killed in the attack; her husband, Vincent Skinner, two daughters, Paige and Abigayle Skinner, and Daniel Smeal, a family friend who lived at the residence, were injured in the incident and hospitalized.

Forty-eight-year-old Lonny Lynn McNair, of Brighton, has been arrested in the case. He is being charged with one count of homicide, four counts of attempted homicide, first-degree burglary and felony eluding.

McNair is in custody at the Adams County Detention Facility.

On Wednesday, Bonnie Skinner’s friends made a small memorial outside the Rusty Melon cafe in Erie, where she worked as the kitchen manager.

“She took a lot of pride in the Rusty Melon here. It was her baby. This is what she did, this was her life. And she was the ‘Mom’ of the restaurant. She put us all in our place when we needed to be,” said Tori Schneider, Bonnie’s friend and coworker.

A GoFundMe account has been established for the Skinner family.

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