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Posted on: August 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Victims of machete attack identified

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Police have identified the victims of a violent attack upon a Brighton family which left one person dead and four others hospitalized with serious injuries. 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. 

The attack occurred in the 2400 block of Cherry Circle, in Brighton, just after 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11th. Multiple residents witnessed and reported the incident to police; BPD’s Victim Services unit is offering crisis intervention services to anyone who is experiencing emotional difficulty as a result of witnessing the incident; citizens interested in speaking to a VA can call (303) 655-2359, or (303) 655-2308. 

Investigators ask that anyone who witnessed the event but has not been interviewed by police call their tip-line at (303) 655-8740. 

48-year-old Lonny Lynn McNair, of Brighton, has been arrested in the case, and is being charged with one count of Homicide, four counts of Attempted Homicide, 1st Degree Burglary, and Felony Eluding, and is in custody at the Adams County Detention Facility. It is important to note that these charges are merely allegations, and the defendant should be presumed innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law. 

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