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'You took somebody's son,' mother of stabbing victim says after arrest

Tony Allen Matheney stabbed in apparent dispute over car transaction

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A dispute over a car transaction outside a Westside convenience store Tuesday evening resulted in a fatal stabbing, a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detective said Thursday afternoon as he announced an arrest in the case.

Tony Allen Matheney, 35, was stabbed in the neck about 6 p.m. outside the Circle K  store near the intersection of Commonwealth and Edgewood avenues. Matheney was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

Surveillance video and witnesses identified Kenneth Reynolds, 53, as the man who pulled the knife, according to police.

He was arrested Wednesday by the SWAT team, but has not answered questions about the incident.

Reynolds is charged with second-degree murder. He was booked into the Duval County, where he was ordered held without bond.

"You took somebody’s son. You took somebody’s father. He wasn’t just a kid on the street," said Kelley Truelson, Matheney's mother.

Kenneth Reynolds appeared before a judge Thursday morning on a charge of murder.

Although an arrest was made, Truelson said, it still doesn't bring her son back.

“I’m glad they got the guy, but it doesn’t help that my son's gone and my grandson is without a father now," she told News4Jax on Thursday.

Truelson said Matheney’s 10-year-old son wrote his father a goodbye letter, which reads:

Goodbye dad, I love you. I hope that you’re in a better place. I’m sorry I couldn’t be your guardian angel."

“He loved his son. His son was his heart. His son meant everything to him," Truelson said.

Now that Truelson has seen Reynold's face, she said he will get used to seeing hers in court.

Matheney would have turned 36 on Sept. 3. 


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