Mother speaks out after special needs daughter is killed on New Year’s Eve

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24-year-old woman killed when bullets strike Jackson home

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- A violent New Year’s Eve turns deadly— several people shot including Jteira Myers.

She had special needs but she is being remembered as someone who would light up the room with her smile.

Jteira Myers was just 24 years old — when she was killed inside of her home around 8 p-m on New Year’s Eve.


“Right as she was in her room I guess doing what she does everyday around that time which is take her bath and medicine and get ready for dinner and she ended up getting shot,” Paulette Myers the mother or Jteria said.

5 bullets in total riddled the back of the home on Shepwood Dr., in Jackson. Jteira was in her bedroom when she was shot and killed.


“The way these shootings are they sound more like we’re at war here in South Jackson and we shouldn’t be at war here I’m born and raised in Jackson been here my life and it just shouldn’t be like this,” said Myers.

A 2015 graduate of Wingfield High School — she is being remembered as the person she once was.


“She was always smiling she would smile so much I was just tell Jteira what are you smiling about and she would just continue to smile she was just— I can’t think of a better student,” one of her former Teachers said.

Myers says bullets don’t have eyes and the people who are responsible lack accountability .

“They’re young they’re immature they don’t know, they don’t know where these bullets or whatever these bullets are going to land and end up,” Myers said.

Now faced with burying one of her two daughters she says something needs to change.


“They need to lock Jackson down and they need to get someone here to take care , get rid of all this that’s here that’s needs to be taken out — it’s just too much evil here… Too much evil,” she said.

And the next steps for Jteria’s family is still being worked out.

“She never had an enemy , she loved everyone — she got along with everybody I don’t even know.”


The Jackson Police Department is searching for the suspect responsible for fatally shooting 24-year-old JTeira Myers just after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Myers was wounded in her home on Shepwood Drive when a bullet went through the rear of the bedroom.

Her mother said her daughter was preparing for dinner in the kitchen when the shots were fired.

No motive or suspect information has been determined at this time.

12 News will keep you updated as more information is released.

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