A valley man is beaten to death in the parking lot of a shopping center, and police say it started with road rage.
The incident took place on Saturday night in Avondale in a busy shopping center.
Police say a run-in with a cab driver and his passenger left 57-year-old James Fournier -- husband, father and grandfather -- dead.
It was just after 5 p.m. when Avondale police received a call that a fight broke out in the parking lot.
People who work in the area said the altercation started after a woman tapped the horn on her car to warn the cab driver that he was about to back into her car. The cab driver started yelling at the woman.
“To take it this far is just unreal..it was an older gentleman too, he was just trying to keep the peace,” said Brandon Hachtel, an employee from the shopping center.
Police confirm that the driver of the taxi was 45-year-old Gary Mayo, and that his passenger was 47-year-old Shawn King.
They knocked the woman's husband down until he was unconscious and took off. He had been trying to protect his wife and his 3-year-old grandson, who was in the back seat of the car.
Fournier, who worked for the city of Peoria for 20 years, later died at a local hospital.
His family said they are distraught and that Fournier had never even thrown a punch before.
The idea that a so-called road rage incident left a man dead was not sitting well with many shoppers.
“I think it’s just sickening, just gives me a bad feeling in my stomach. Things like that shouldn't be happening,” said Angela Horner.
“Very uncomfortable -- it doesn't make me feel safe. They are 60-year-old men. They should be grownups. It’s just not OK,” said Lindsey Horner.
GPS helped police track the suspects. They took Mayo into custody.
King turned himself in later.
Based on witness information, Mayo was booked on first-degree murder charges, and King was booked on second-degree homicide charges.