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Plagued by Violence

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A man is behind bars in connection with a quadruple murder.  He is charged with three of the deaths and charges are pending on the fourth.  We’re told 31-year-old Javondus Beasley is charged with three counts of capital murder.

Loved ones granted us permission to use these pictures of 29-year-old Eldra Gibson and 22-year-old Ashley Taylor.

Police say they were found shot to death inside 175 Moon Street Thursday morning.  Also, inside the house was 26-year-old Sharrod Brown.  She also died of a gunshot wound to the head.  And, 51-year-old Michael Wilson was found stabbed to death in the house next door.

“We’ve had quite a bit of gunfire throughout the city," expresses the Jackson Police Chief.

Lindsey Horton says his department will not tolerate any more people being murdered in the Capital City.

"Some we can control; others we cannot.  But, we're going to do everything we can to the extent of our resources," explains Horton.

There have been 47 homicides so far this year in Jackson.  Last year, there were 59.

"Something must be done.  We must get to the root of this problem," exclaims the District 5 Hinds County Supervisor.

Kenneth Stokes went to Moon Street Friday to console the victims' families.

"We got to get the citizens involved.  They must start working with the police officers," explains Stokes.

Moon Street has seen its share of deadly shootings.  Back in March 2009, 24-year-old Randy Singleton was shot and killed during a fight.  Edgrin Gibson and Robert Polk were also shot and critically wounded.

"We as a community need to speak out against this and let these killers know we don't appreciate them tearing our city to pieces," Stokes tells News Channel 12.

In the last month, a professional fisherman in town for the Bass Pro Shop's Bassmaster Tournament was shot and killed outside the Motel 6 on the I-55 Frontage Road.  The owner of the ANP convenience store on Medgar Evers Boulevard was shot and killed.  A 15-year-old was shot and killed on Burch Street.  And, a 25-year-old was shot and killed at South Arms Apartments.  It’s a sea of violence that law enforcement and city leaders want stopped.

There will be a "Stop the Crime" rally on this Sunday.  It starts at 2:00 p.m. with a march from Lanier High School to Cornerstone Baptist Church.

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