Teen killed in shooting on I-55 in Ridgeland identified

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RIDGELAND, Miss. (WJTV) – The teenager killed in the shooting on I-55 in Madison County on Saturday has been identified as 16-year-old Lakendric Cortez Francis.

The incident started in Canton and ended on the interstate near Old Agency Road exit just before 2:00 p.m.

According to Patrol Commander Lt. Brian Myers, Francis was found shot to death in his car just south of Madison city limits. The passenger in the vehicle had minor injuries, but is expected to recover.

The motive is still unknown at this time. This is an ongoing investigation.

According to the Canton Public School District, Francis was a student at Canton High School. They released the following statement.

The Canton Public School District mourns the heartbreaking, tragic loss of LaKendric Francis who was a junior at Canton High School. We send our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences to his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. His beautiful spirit will forever live on in the hearts and minds of the countless lives he touched. CHS counselors will be available for students who need help dealing with their grief. You can call 601-859-5325 or email the counselors directly:

valariedillard@cantonschools.net

jennifersimmons@cantonschools.net

angelawilliams@cantonschools.net

Canton Public School District

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