“From what we heard they were throwing bottles in the river, and they were told to stop throwing bottles,” Howell’s neighbor Kathy Maillet told the station. “This is a hazard.”
Sheriff’s authorities tell PEOPLE they have interviewed more than 40 people in an “exhaustive” investigation that remains ongoing. Additional arrests and charges are possible, Capt. Scott Lee says.
According to WVUE, Howell underwent surgery three weeks ago. Those who knew him remembered a giving man.
“It’s horrible,” said friend Sheila Smith. “There was no call for that kind of action.”