JACKSON, Mississippi (WLBT) – Jackson Ward 3 Councilor Kenneth Stokes is putting an item on the council’s agenda that would offer money to those helping Jackson Police solve a triple homicide that took place three months ago.
If approved by the board, Stokes hopes it becomes a trend to get more people talking about crime in their communities.
“We have to deal with all of these murders and killers in a way that they know: if you kill in Jackson town, you will go to jail,” he said.
The triple homicide happened during Jackson State University’s reunion weekend at Club Rain. A local mother lost her daughter, a JSU student, and her nephew as a result.
“She’s in pain,” Stokes said. “It’s one of the reasons I’m here today. I want this family and the other families to know that we are going to fight for you.
The city councilor wants the city to pay $ 2,500 to those helping investigators solve the case. He said the money would come from the general fund.
Police initially identified the suspect as Jeremy Johnson, 32, but then declined to charge him with anything related to the triple murder. Instead, the police arrested him on an unrelated charge.
JPD has not identified or arrested anyone else since then.
“The town of Jackson is not going to fall asleep and say, ‘it’s over, and we don’t care.’ We care about ourselves, and we’re going to show that we care by putting money in for people to give us information, ”Stokes said.
In 2021, Jackson has a higher per capita death rate than any other major city in the United States, according to a 3 On Your Side analysis of more than fifty municipalities across the country.
“We had Christmas and over 150 people who were killed in the town of Jackson were not with family members,” Stokes said.
He believes that offering monetary rewards for information could make a difference this year.
“In 2022, we will not break the murder rate in this city. “
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