SIMPSON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV)- A candlelight vigil will be held to remember the life of Simpson County Deputy James Blair.
The vigil is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Simpson Central School.
Deputy James Blair was well known in the community. He served as a law enforcement officer for most of his life. Neighbors say Deputy Blair previously served as a paramedic and was once a school resource officer.
Deputy Blair was killed Friday afternoon while transporting suspect Joaquin Blackwell to Regions 8 Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation.
Blackwell was captured Saturday around 2 p.m. after a two-day manhunt. He has been charged with capital murder.
A memorial for Deputy Blair will be held at Tutor Funeral Home on Highway 13 in Mendenhall. Simpson County Sheriff’s Office posted details to their Facebook:
Stay with 12 News as we continue with the community response to the loss of Simpson County Deputy James Blair.