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Family Wants Justice in Weekend Murder

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- Family members of Jackson's 10th homicide victim this year said their family is devastated, because the victim's life was cut too short. They said his death, is more than a statistic.

Jackson Police are still investigating the murder of Jarvis Vinson, 23 who was shot and killed outside of a fourplex apartment building on Brianfield Drive in North Jackson. Jackson Police said the shooting happened early Saturday morning around 3.

Witnesses along Brianfield Drive told police they heard several gun shots but did not see any suspects. Police said Vinson was with an unidentified man outside at the time of the shooting. The unidentified man with Vinson, told police he saw two cars near the building.

Investigators said they still investigating the source of the shots and have not released if the shots came from one of the car's occupants.
After the shooting, police said Vinson was taken to Jackson -Madison County General Hospital in a personal car where died after surgery.

Family members said their family has been devastated by Vinson's murder. They said they are puzzled because they believed Vinson had zero enemies.

Jackson Police reported Vinson did have a prior criminal record and was recently released from prison. Family members admitted Vinson was not perfect but said they believed he was headed down a better path with his family.

Vinson's mother Rosetta Long told 7 Eyewitness News, that her family wants closure but needs answers. Friends and family members described Vinson as a loving father who always wore a smile, and loved making other people laugh. Family members also said they remembered Vinson appreciated the meaning of family. Family members said they believed Vinson was caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Loved ones said they blame violence for taking their another special brother, son and father away from east Jackson.

So far police said they have made no arrests. If you have information, call the Jackson Police Department at (731) 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-(TIPS).