An 18-year-old student was shot outside a gas station only hours after she graduated.
Kennedy Hobbs was shot three times while she was on her way to a graduation party. Only hours before the shooting at a Mississippi gas station, a Facebook livestream showed her smiling as she received her diploma at Murrah High School.
This comes only two months after her boyfriend, Jaquan Williams, was shot dead outside a Jackson convenience store.
Police said that the gunman immediately fled the scene and officers are still questioning witnesses. It was not immediately clear if police believe her death is linked to Williams’ killing.
According to reports, Hobbs’ boyfriend was shot on April 8 outside a convenience store after an argument with another man in a parking lot. He was shot multiple times and the suspect fled the scene.
One of Hobbs’ grieving family members said they were on the phone with her before she was shot. They also heard the teen arguing with someone before the shooting.
Her heartbroken uncle, William Edwards, told the Mississippi Clarion Ledger: “Why isn’t (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) out here? Why isn’t (the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation out here). We haven’t been told anything.”
People gathered at the Jackson Police Department headquarters to listen to the family plead with officers to do more to solve the teen’s murder and address the increasing crime rate in the city.
“She’s not just my niece or just her dad’s child or her mother’s child: she’s all our children,” Edwards continued.
“I’m all for the right to bear arms but at what cost?”
Hobbs’ family say she had already set up her own licensed business: Kaay’s Waxing Bar.
Speaking to WLBT, her god sister Teiaudria Hawkins said: “She already had her waxing business and her lashes, hair…Kennedy was in fashion. That’s all Kennedy knew.
“Kennedy was loving; Kennedy was outstanding; everyone loved Kennedy.
“I can’t even describe the feeling; we are torn to pieces. We all are. From her classmates to her family to her friends. This is unbelievable. We just want to know why. What happened?”
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