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Victim identified in Trinity Center homicide, community reacts

Published On: Jan 20 2014 03:49:44 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 20 2014 11:03:39 PM CST

Trinity County sheriff's deputies identified a man who was killed Saturday night in Trinity Center.

Police said 32-year-old William "Billy" Foster was shot following an altercation at a home on Airport Road and Maude Avenue.

Police have arrested Dakota Hayward, 21, in connection with the killing.

Detectives said they got the report of the shooting at a home on Airport Road and Maude Avenue in Trinity Center around 10 p.m.

Shortly after Hayward was named a suspect.

Investigators said they received information Hayward was at a home in Coffee Creek, north of Trinity Center.

They located Hayward at the home and he was arrested without incident.

On Monday detectives would not release a possible motive for the shooting.

Trinity Center is about 30 miles outside of Weaverville. 

Nestled among the mountains and trees, as you drive into the small community a sign reads "population 276."

"I think kind of in shock, I mean it's devastating, it's affecting everyone," said Stephanie Storer, manager of the Trinity Center General Store, just up the street from where the murder happened.

"You know, no one really knows what provoked things to happen like they did but it's just really sad and it's hard on everyone and the community."

Storer said both men were known in the area and would shop at the store.

By phone, a family member of Foster's said his family has lived in Trinity Center for generations, that he was a good man, and a single father to two young children.

Storer said in the wake of the tragedy the small, mountain town will need to come together.

"I think just be there to help support anyone that needs it and you know to get through this and you know just stick together as a community."

Hayward is being held in the Trinity County Jail without bail.