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Family of Vicksburg drive-by victim mourn "talkative" son

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Ke'Marvin Stamps Ke'Marvin Stamps
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A Vicksburg family is mourning the death of a 17-year-old relative who was killed Friday night in a drive-by shooting.

Warren County authorities say the is gunman still on the loose.

Ke'Marvin Stamps, 17, is described as helpful, out-going, and talkative by his family.

His brother, 16-year-old De'Vonte, said he was walking with Ke'Marvin around midnight on Friday when a truck pulled up next to them.

Multiple people yelled from the truck but De'Vonte said he did not understand the words.

He started to run and saw his brother go down after three gunshots.

The next time Ke'Marvin's mother would see him it would be at the University Medical Center. Her son had been shot in the head.

"The doctors told us we can just put him in ICU and it was just a matter of time that he wasn't going to make it," mother Frannie Gary said.

Ke'Marvin was the third oldest child of nine children, Gary said.

His grandmother described how caring he was.

"And I believe he loved everybody. Because he loved his mother, I could see him in the yard and he would just be embracing his mother. Hugging his mother. If she had a happening to do something, he had a happening to do something. he's just a special person," Ke'Marvin's grandmother said.

"He's the one that was going to make everybody laugh or make everybody smile," Gary said.

"He was the talker," Gary said.

A fire hydrant near the 4800 block of Gibson Road could be considered an unofficial marker as to where this shooting happened.

It's only about a five minute walk away from the family's double-wide mobile home, Gary said.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace says they are following up on some leads but as of yet there are no suspects in custody.

"That's not an area that, in the past, has been subject to any specific violence more than any other part of the county. It's a residential, rural road," Sheriff Pace said.

For the family (who say they've lived for decades on Old Gibson Road) the questions are just starting.

"I just hope they catch whoever did it. and I hope they find out the reason Because that's my main question - why did they do that to my brother?" Ke'Marvin's oldest brother, Matthew, said.

"Nobody knows how long they're going to be here or when their time is," Gary said.

"But I just hope God is going to strengthen us and we're going to be alright," Gary said.

The family has not yet made funeral plans.

Ke'Marvin's grandmothers added that she had a premonition about the drive-by shooting after reading about a similar shooting in the paper.

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