JACKSON, Miss. – Kennedy Hobbs was a younger girl who was simply beginning her life.
An entrepreneur, she began her personal waxing enterprise on the age of 17. In a video posted to Fb, William Edwards, a detailed pal of Hobbs’ household, stated she was making ready to do the correct issues and had a vibrant future.
“That is the place Kennedy was purported to develop up and achieve success and do her factor,” he stated, exhibiting her small studio, Kaay’s Waxing Bar.
The 18-year-old was gunned down round 10:45 p.m. Tuesday at a Texaco gasoline station in Jackson, stated Sam Brown, spokesperson for the Jackson Police Division.
Brown stated Hobbs suffered a number of gunshot wounds and died on the scene. 4 witnesses had been introduced in for questioning Wednesday, he stated, and the company is at the moment looking for a attainable suspect within the case. No different particulars have been launched.
Household and associates known as on metropolis officers and legislation enforcement Wednesday to do extra to resolve her homicide and deal with Jackson’s rising crime charge.
Roughly two dozen individuals gathered on the Jackson Police Division headquarters steps to hearken to the household’s pleas lower than 24 hours after Hobbs’ demise.
Edwards stated Wednesday throughout the occasion that the household continues to be attempting to course of what occurred. Jackson Police Division detectives haven’t revealed any particulars about their investigation to the household to this point, he stated.
Edwards stated he believed no outdoors companies had been requested to help with the investigation, which was irritating for him and different relations.
“Why is not (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) out right here? Why is not (the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation) out right here,” he stated. “We have not been advised something.”
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Crime within the metropolis of Jackson has skyrocketed in recent times. Town is on the right track to surpass its murder report of 130, set simply final yr. Edwards stated Hobbs’ household needs Jackson to turn into a safer metropolis for its younger individuals.
“She’s not simply my niece or simply her dad’s baby or her mom’s baby: she’s all our youngsters,” Edwards stated.
Edwards stated there are too many high-powered weapons on the streets in Jackson and he feels police ought to deal with attempting to get the state of affairs below management.
“I am all for the correct to bear arms,” he stated, “however at what price?”
Dwayne Pickett, pastor of New Jerusalem Church in Jackson, stated Hobbs’ loss was tragic, however felt it additionally marked some extent for the neighborhood to take a stand in opposition to the rising violence across the metropolis.
“Kennedy’s life and demise might be a defining second in our metropolis,” he stated. “That is the second had been we are saying that an honors scholar was gunned down in our metropolis and we stated ‘no extra.'”
Pickett stated the neighborhood wants to come back collectively and consider options, together with methods to offer extra constructive shops for younger individuals throughout town. By getting youths concerned in packages and different actions that cease them from turning to violence, town as a complete can enhance, he stated.
“There is no manner for us to alter something except we come collectively,” he stated. “It is time for us to put down our points and ask each other: ‘How can we struggle for our youngsters?'”