As residents rang in the new year with cheers and celebration, one family received a heartbreaking phone call.
“It’s so devastating to get a phone call to say that your brother is gone. I had just talked to him, just left here Christmas Day seeing my brother,” said Sylvia Moore.
Jeffery Pope had been fatally shot at approximately 5:30 that morning. Family and friends gathered last night for a candlelight vigil.
On the corner of 16th Street and 16th Avenue is where Pope tragically lost his life. He was only 25 years old. Police officers blocked off both sides of the street so that community members could come together to remember the man they say had a big heart.
“Very funny, like to clown around. He loved his nieces and nephews. He was a brother and sister’s keeper. He loved his siblings,” said Sylvia Moore, Pope’s sister.
Affectionately known as “Mac Pope” around the neighborhood, Pope’s life was cut short as a result of gun violence.
“Meridian you got to put these guns down. Violence doesn’t solve anything. I had to come all the way here from Texas to be with my family because my brother lost his life to somebody he trusted,” said Sylvia Moore.
“My brother didn’t deserve that at all. It’s a way to handle stuff. All this violence here in Mississippi doesn’t make any sense,” said Rico Moore, Pope’s brother.
The family is asking for the community’s help in solving his murder.
“We are just asking someone to come forward to give us something to go on, to take care of this. We can’t rest until we find out who did this,” said Beverly Burton, Pope’s aunt.
If you know any information concerning Pope’s death, contact the Meridian Police Department or call Crimestoppers at 855-485-8477.