Anthony Brooks arrested in murders of Amy Hughett, Gloria Summage

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock police have charged a man with the murder of a woman found in a burning home and a woman found in a pile of burning tires.

    A boarded up house on East 8th Street is where 50-year-old Gloria Summage lived and died. Her body was found stabbed to death, and her house was set on fire June 19.

    Just eight days later across town on Young Road, Jerry Sherrer woke up to find a pile of burning tires behind an abandoned building across his street. The body of 30-year-old Amy Hughett was among them.

    "We walked up, and it was just like someone was laying there. To burn her up? To set her on fire? What was he thinking about? It was strange. It was odd and very, very, very scary for me and my family," recalled Sherrer.

    Friday, police arrested and charged 27-year-old Anthony Brooks with two counts of first-degree murder. They said he is the one responsible for killing Summage and Hughett and tried to cover up the crime by burning their bodies.

    "Just take her life like that? You can't give it back. You can't ever give it back. That's something that you can never give back," added Sherrer.

    Now, with Brooks behind bars, Sherrer said he can breathe a little more easily.

    "Now that I know he's been arrested, it makes me feel better, and it will make my family feel better and a lot safer," concluded Sherrer.

    Police are not saying how they linked Brooks to both crime scenes but said the victims are not related and have no apparent connection. Police have not given a motive for the murders.

    Brooks is being held at the Pulaski County Jail without bond.

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