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2 brothers arrested in connection with Belle Glade fatal shooting

Deputies say victim 'executed' outside club
Richard Singleton (left) and Erick Singleton (right)
Posted at 2:13 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-05 20:26:59-05

BELLE GLADE, Fla. — Two brothers have been arrested in connection with the November beating and fatal shooting of a man outside a Belle Glade nightclub.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to Club Phoenix at 233 SW Fifth St. in Belle Glade shortly after 2 a.m. Nov. 15.

Deputies located the victim, Tekeyo Lumpkin, 42, of Riviera Beach. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Surveillance video showed Lumpkin arguing with several people near the scene. At one point, Lumpkin was seen backing across Southwest Fifth Street with his hands in the air.

Witnesses said three men advanced towards Lumpkin, knocked him to the ground and "stomped him." According to a PBSO arrest report, during the attack, one of the men walked across Southwest Fifth Street, entered a 2016 orange Jeep, retrieved a semiautomatic pistol, then stood over Lumpkin and "executed" him, shooting him five times.

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Investigators were able to determine through speaking with witnesses and by reviewing surveillance footage that two of the suspects, identified as Richard Singleton, 42, and Erick Singleton, 36, were brothers. WPTV is not naming the third person involved because he doesn't face any charges at this time.

According to witnesses, Richard Singleton was the shooter. Richard Singleton is a felon who has served multiple years in prison and is a registered sex offender.

Detectives interviewed the Jeep's registered owner, who said they received a phone call from Richard Singleton after the shooting and requested they travel to Okeechobee to retrieve the Jeep.

The registered owner was advised to meet with Erick Singleton's girlfriend in Pahokee, where she would take them to the Jeep in Okeechobee.

Detectives said the registered owner told them that Richard Singleton had possession of the Jeep throughout Nov. 14 and into Nov. 15.

Erick Singleton's girlfriend said she received a text message from him about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 15 saying, "I GET OUT OF TOWN, JUST KNOW I ALWAYS LOVE YOU."

Immediately after the shooting, detectives said, the Singleton brothers traveled in the Jeep to Okeechobee and then ultimately to Yeehaw Junction.

Richard Singleton faces charges of first-degree murder with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Erick Singleton is facing a charge of being an accessory after the fact to a felony.

Richard Singleton remains in an Orlando jail without bond.

Erick Singleton was booked into the Palm Beach County jail with his bond set at $50,000.