Fenner’s Ex: Turn Yourself In

SHELBY, N.C. – “If you’re not gonna do it for yourself, do it for your kids. Or think about how your mom would feel about this situation.” Tafara Hoyle looked right into the TV camera while she made a direct appeal to her ex, Irving Fenner, Jr., to turn himself in.

Fenner is wanted for shooting and killing Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen. She says, “I don’t condone what he did. I don’t like what he did.”

Hoyle says she last saw Fenner Friday, the day before the shooting, for their son’s fifth birthday party.

She says she has not seen or heard from him since.

But she hopes she does.

Hoyle wants to turn Fenner in herself and claim the reward money for her son. “That’s why I sent him messages on Facebook, I check it every day to try to see if he done received the message and he hasn’t received it.”

Hoyle says she can’t understand why Fenner shot Officer Brackeen. She says she never heard him express hatred toward police.

In fact, right now, Hoyle says there is only one other person who can understand how she feels. “Nobody walks in my shoes, or Mrs. Brackeen’s. Nobody understands how we feel at this point in time.” She continues, “Me and my son, and our family, do apologize for the mistake that his father made. And my condolences go out to them. But either way I look at it, both kids have lost a father.” And, “I pray for her. I pray for his family. I pray for him. That he’ll turn himself in.”

Fenner’s mother died four years ago and Hoyle says he’s been in a downward spiral since then. She says she doesn’t know whether to believe reports that Fenner was shot, too, by Officer Brackeen. We have also heard conflicting reports about that from our law enforcement sources.