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Family Says Man Killed had a Bright Future Ahead

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- The Grandmother of Darvin Manning, the 19-year- old Jackson man who was shot and killed around 10 p.m., Monday told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that her grandson was a loving father, son and brother.

According to Manning's grandmother, Maybel Manning, Darvin was in the prime of his life. She said he loved being a father to his 10-month- old baby girl. He also loved working hard in school to become a barber. Family members still shocked by his death told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News he was the good father and a hard worker who stayed out of trouble.

Maybel Manning said Darwin was her first grandchild and the oldest brother to five siblings in the family. Loved ones said he did not have any known enemies They described him as quiet, sweet and protective. Manning said they cannot imagine why anyone would want to hurt her grandson.

Police said Manning's death marks Jackson's sixth homicide this year. According to police, officers were called to an apartment complex on Tinker Hill Cove around 10 p.m., Monday. When they arrived, police found Manning lying on the ground beside his car with several gunshot wounds. Officials said their preliminary investigation has revealed that Manning had just arrived at his apartment at the time of the shooting.

Manning was transported by ambulance to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police said his body has taken to the medical examiner's office in Nashville for an autopsy.

So far there have been no arrests. Family members ask anyone with information that could help police in their investigation to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Jackson Police at (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-8477 (TIPS).