JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A domestic disturbance turned deadly in south Jackson, leaving a young mother dead. Police said they received a call about the incident around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Greenbriar Apartments off of West McDowell Road. When officers arrived, they found a woman’s body upstairs.
Rikyla Brown, 21, was a mother of two. Family members said she was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend’s uncle after an argument.
“I was doing my exercise running, and all I saw was the police coming in and the dude running out,” Donita Clayter said. “So they had to get him and put him in a police car. He was crying. Baby saw everything, and he’s traumatized with them having to explain to him that she’s gone.”
Brown’s son was found by police in a car parked outside the building unharmed. He was put in the custody of the family.
“It’s a four-year-old little boy over there, and he witnessed his mom, a beautiful young lady, get killed by his uncle,” Clayter explained. “A domestic situation because she let him live with her until he got himself together.”
The shooter was taken into custody. Officer Sam Brown reported Brown was shot and killed by a 34-year-old Traverro McElroy. A motive has yet to be determined. The family and neighbors are left stunned but want this tragedy to be used as a moment to lift up the community from giving into violence.
“I don’t believe we’re going to get any better, but I have faith and that’s all that matters in the man above,” Clayter said. “I believe we’ll get it together one day. We’re doing a balloon release for her through our operation called ‘Operation Good’. We’re going to do T-shirts for the family.”
Neighbors claimed to have heard Brown and McElroy who lived there fight before but it never escalated to this. This is the City of Jackson’s 53rd homicide so far in 2021. For more information on how to help the Brown family and others through ‘Operation Good’ click here.