Local family mourns death in unsolved case

JACKSON, Tenn. — Lafonda Cook and her family are having a hard time getting through another holiday season since the death of her fiance, Delandis Clark, back in 2013.

Clark and a family friend, Brian Barnes, were killed outside a downtown Jackson nightclub. The case has since turned cold due to potential witnesses not speaking out.

“I don’t know how and why there are no witnesses when it was over 200 people at this party, and it’s just gone unsolved, Cook said. “I don’t want it to be OK that they just sweep it under the rug with everything else.”

Anthony Swift was originally arrested and charged with the murders of Clark and Barnes. Sources say the case did not go to trial because of lack of evidence and witness cooperation. The charges against Swift were dropped, and he was released from jail.

Travontay Berry also was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence during the incident but served his time and has now been released. Cook now has a hard time explaining to her kids what happened to their father. “They have questions like ‘Can we go to heaven?’ — questions like these I can’t answer.”

Cook wants people who may have witnessed the shooting in 2013 to come forward. “Hopefully one day they’ll come across and call me and say Ms. Cook, we’ve solved the case, and justice has been served.”

Those with information about what happened during the shooting are asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at 731-425-8400.

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