Murdered in "New Afrika," or what was once known as Jackson, Mississippi.
A white man, murdered in the 'New South', one free of the restraints James Crow once put upon land.
Shaun Brown, a 17-year-old black male (he was even wearing a 'hoodie' when he committed the murder), has confessed to killing Johnson.
|Kim Kilgore, murdered in Atlanta (by a black woman) on Oct. 11|
In a city that just elected a black racial separatist as its mayor (Chowke Lumumba), are white people even welcome anymore in Jackson?
After all, Jackson is an 86 percent black city; were a black individual to be murdered in an 86 percent white city, you'd have to build a new hotel to accommodate all the media that would descend upon the town.
Outdoors Editor Brian Broom wonders what type of world exists in Jackson, where a 'senseless' murder could transpire [C-L Outdoors Editor Brian Broom: Johnson's murder a black eye for Jackson, Clarion-Ledger, 10-16-13]:
But there’s also embarrassment. It happened in Jackson.
In all fairness, the first concern among anglers I spoke with was with Johnson’s family. In case you haven’t heard, Johnson was a Bassmaster Open Series angler who was shot to death at the Motel 6 on Frontage Road off I-55 after someone was trying to burglarize his boat Sunday night.
After the theft was witnessed, an altercation ensued and Johnson was killed by a man who likely had no idea what he was trying to steal.
Completely senselessJohnson was scheduled to compete in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open tournament on the Ross Barnett Reservoir, which begins Thursday. Bassmaster anglers travel to all corners of the nation while competing and have done so for more than 35 years. According to officials at Bassmaster, there has never been an incident like this after all the miles and countless nights anglers have spent away from home in pursuit of their passion.
Now, a murder here has changed that.
The degree of safety or danger that Jackson’s residents and visitors experience is certainly debatable, but the message that an incident like this sends to outsiders isn’t. Public perception of Jackson is already troubling enough. This senseless act solidifies some people’s concerns about crossing into the city limits of Jackson.
Is there hope?
Who knows? The situation here is better than it was several years ago. I can remember a time when Jackson’s homicide numbers were much worse. I recall a night when I was a photographer and a report came over the scanner of a shooting on Woodrow Wilson Drive.
Before I could get there, two more shootings were reported over the scanner.No, there is no hope for Jackson, a city ravaged by black on black crime (which drives away businesses and a white middle-class).
Statistics from recent years suggest that the murder rate has improved from then. Still, about 50 homicides a year in a city the size of Jackson in addition to all the other violent crimes?
But in the past two weeks, two other major southern cities have seen whites murdered by black people. Memphis (63 percent black), home to the 'heart-warming' story of Michael Oher, is perhaps one of the most violent cities on earth.
A white man, John (J.P.) Shelley, was doing contract work in an area of Memphis where 'blight' is more common than the sight of a white man. Well, three black 'youths' (Terrell Johnson, 17, Derek Cunningham, 15, and Corey Sandifer, 16) are now in jail for the murder of Shelley.
He was murdered in Memphis, by three blacks, on his sons seventh birthday... [Husband, father shot and killed during contracting work, WMCTV.com, 10-6-13]:
Complete strangers are giving a Collierville wife their condolences after a tragic murder.
Beverly Shelley's husband John, also known as J.P., was supposed to pick up their kids Friday and celebrate their son's birthday. But now, she and her children are left mourning a loss after he was robbed, shot, and killed.
"He was such a wonderful man, he was the best father. He took my daughter to gymnastics and he took my children to karate three times a week," said Beverly.
Family and friends said John was a husband, father, and family man. He quit work a year ago to take care of his father and spend more time with his children.
Recently, he began working as a part-time contractor and started renovating homes. Shelley was working on an estimate at a vacant house when two men robbed and shot him Friday morning.
Beverly was at work when she got the call. She is finding it hard to understand how anyone could have killed John, who was 42.Not to be outdone, but the City too Busy to Hate (Atlanta) was home to perhaps the most 'senseless' murder of them all; that of 21-year-old Kim Kilgore. A white woman, enrolled at Kennesaw State University, Kilgore's life was extinguished when she dared tell a black woman 'no' (in Atlanta, almost every apartment/condo complex is a gated community to keep out loitering black people; Kilgore refused to allow Sparkles Lashayla Lindsey to follow her car in without being buzzed in by someone who lives in the property) [Arrest made in shooting death of KSU student, Marietta Daily Journal, 10-12-13]:
"You have killed the most wonderful man, and the best father and the best husband," she said. "I'm just praying that someone will come forward with information."
|Jimmy Johnson, murdered by a black teenager (same age as Trayvon Martin), in Jackson, Mississippi|
A 22-year-old Austell woman was charged early Saturday morning in the shooting of a 21-year-old Kennesaw State University student, who friends said had no enemies and was beautiful inside and out.Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee
A road rage incident that started at 2 a.m. Friday morning ended in the death of Kim Kilgore, outside a gated apartment complex in north Cobb, said Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police.
Pierce said two drivers had an altercation along Shiloh Road, which led to a physical confrontation outside of the vehicles in the parking lot in Shiloh Green Apartments, near building 100.
Sparkles Lashayla Lindsey pulled out a gun and shot Kilgore in the head, according to the arrest warrant. Kilgore was transported to a WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she died Friday afternoon.
Lindsey was charged with aggravated assault and murder, according to arrest reports, and is being held without bond in the Cobb County jail.
Lindsey was previously arrested on June 4 and appeared in court in January and February for simple battery charges, according to Cobb County Superior Court records.
A co-worker, a young daughter, a best friend
The love for Kilgore stretched across the entire county and beyond as news spread about the shooting and her battle to live.
Kilgore was a Paulding County High School graduate and former member of the KSU sorority Gamma Phi Beta.
On Friday, students from the KSU campus started a Twitter discussion under #prayforkim, where friends responded to updates about Kilgore’s condition and sounded off about the violent crime.
Written on the windows of the old-fashioned Collett County Store in Powder Springs, where Kilgore had worked for nearly three years, were the words, “RIP. We love and miss you Kim.”
On a bench outside the front doors of Johnny’s BBQ restaurant, which houses the store at 4179 Marietta St., sat a sign with personal messages and flowers.
Inside the rustic building, at a long wood table, sat Kilgore’s coworkers, who are more like a close-knit family, sharing somber stories with a few smiles.
Owner Rick Collett, who bought the restaurant 10 years ago, said Kilgore was a dependable worker, who would come in early and stayed late.
“Sometimes you wouldn’t even have to ask her for help,” Collett said. “KK never quit.”