Community reacts to recent spike in violence – WLBT


The Jackson Police Department reports five people were killed during a recent string of back-to back violent attacks across the Capital City.

The spike in murders started Aug. 12 with the death of 18-month-old Keiona Shearrel who was shot and killed. Later in the week, 17-year-old Marquillon Hawkins was shot and killed in the Presidential Hills neighborhood.

The week ended with a total of five homicides, including one man who was fatally stabbed. The number of homicides in Jackson is now up to 46 for this year.

Community activist David Archie wants to see elected officials do more to help curb violent crimes in Jackson.  

“The Governor is housed here, most of the state offices and the federal offices are housed here, so this is our Capital City and once again if we want to live in peace we must utilize all the power we have within this Capital City,” Archie said.

The Enough is Enough task force held a public meeting at 6 p.m. at the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department Monday night. The meeting was moderated by local activist Othor Cain. Sheriff Tyrone Lewis attended the meeting. One thing participants agree on was to hold a prayer vigil to help bring the community closer together.

“We believe that a prayer vigil, calling on the Lord, and us all coming together, we’ll be able to implement and impact the community,” said Pastor Terri Moore with the Freedom Ministries International Church.

The prayer vigil will be held Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.  The location has not been chosen.   

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