Bradenton associate pastor killed in home near Pride Park

MANATEE -- The associate pastor of a Bradenton church was reportedly killed in his home early Sunday.

Anthony Shinholster, 57, served at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 501 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton, according to his sister, Thenecia Shinholster.

"He was a wonderful man," Shinholster said Sunday at her brother's home in the 300 block of 61st Avenue East. "We are all baffled."

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has a homicide investigation under way, but has no suspects nor were arrests announced late Sunday night.

Shinholster was discovered around 1 a.m. by a friend, who noticed traumatic injuries and called 911, according to a sheriff's office report.

Manatee County Emergency Medical Service personnel pronounced Shinholster dead at the scene, according to the report.

The report did not specify the cause of death. The case was referred to detectives with the Manatee County Homicide Investigative Unit, deputies said.

Shinholster, who lived just a few blocks from Pride Community Park, was well-known in the neighborhood for running Shin's Produce fruit and vegetable stand on Ninth Avenue East, south of 15th Street East, his sister said.

Neighbors on the block where Shinholster lived, said Shinholster would bring them baskets of fruit and vegetables Sundays, just to be kind.

"He was funny," a neighbor said, not wanting to give a name.

Thenecia Shinholster, who lives in Tampa, said she was in Bradenton for the weekend because she and her brother, who are among nine siblings, were celebrating their mother's 80th birthday at Golden Corral.

She said her brother went home directly after the party and that she received a call later Sunday morning about the crime.

Thenecia Shinholster said she can't think of anyone who would have a conflict with her brother.

Shinholster is the second pastor to be killed in Manatee County in the past six weeks.

The Rev. James "Tripp" Battle of Bayshore Baptist Church was shot to death in the church courtyard on Dec. 4, 2014. Andres "Andy" Avalos III is being held in the case.

Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or contact him via Twitter@RichardDymond.