The funeral for Thurston Turner, the second fatality in a Dec. 17 shooting spree at T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant in Huntsville, will be Saturday, his father said.

Thurston, 27, of Tanner, died Tuesday from extensive brain injuries after he was shot in the face when a man opened fire inside the restaurant. Huntsville Police upgraded the charge against the suspect, Jamal Woods, to capital murder Wednesday morning, said spokesman Wendell Johnson. Woods, 21, of Huntsville, is also charged with two counts of attempted murder. He remains in Madison County Jail without bond.

Thurston’s funeral will be at noon at Grace Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Limestone Memory Gardens. Viewing is at Peoples Funeral Home.

“He’s a child of God,” said Wyman Turner of his son. “He’s a nice respectable, young man. He was a peacemaker, an intelligent kid, a leader.”

Thurston worked at Details, a subsidiary of Steelcase, said his father, Wyman Turner. He graduated from Tanner High School in 1998, where he played football and was a standout on the basketball team.

He is survived by his parents, Wyman and Odell Turner; three brothers, Lionel Turner, Andra and Carlo Turner; and two children, ages 5 and 6.

Thurston’s cousin, Tanqueray “Tank” Beavers, 21, of Athens, died at the scene. The funeral for Beavers was Friday.

Autora “Tory” Rogers, 24, of Athens remains in Huntsville Hospital with pneumonia resulting from his injuries, according to his family. Rogers’ baby daughter was born Christmas day as he lay in the hospital. A fourth victim, bystander William Timothy Reliford, 33, of Hazel Green, was reportedly released from the hospital after being treated from his wounds.

With Thurston in “God’s hands,” Wyman Turner said, “We’re asking for prayers for Tory. Don’t give up on him.”

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