Family raises money to help shooting victim’s family

JACKSON, Tenn. — After a robbery of a gas station in West Jackson leaves one man dead, the community is healing together. Since the shooting, community members have started a memorial outside the gas station. Jesse Perkins didn’t let the weather stop him and his family Sunday from helping another family through tragedy. “I think just living right around the corner, it hits really close to home and we come here pretty frequently it’s the closest gas station we have,” Perkins said. Police said they were called to the Bull Market Wednesday night for a robbery. Police have arrested 26-year-old Urshawn Miller and he is now behind bars without bond, accused in the shooting death of one of the store’s clerks. “He was nice he would have gave it to them you know? But I just don’t understand it was a senseless death,” long time customer Natasha Barnett said about the victim. Perkins is using a hot dog stand to help the victim’s family. The Perkins family said they live around the corner from the gas station where they go to most often. When they saw the memorial set up outside, they said they wanted to do something more. “It’s been really amazing that as soon as we set up people were stopping by people that were dropping of fore flowers, dropping off more candles and were really quick to donate and help out the family,” Perkins said. “I think about this every night every time I come down through this way i think about it I look at this store and I say why? Why it was him? He was just trying to be nice,” Alisha Cole, a long time customer, said. Perkins said he will be back at the Bull Market Monday around 4 to accept more donations to help the family.

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