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Mother: Murdered son cyberstalked by suspect, a former classmate

Authorities are still investigating Monday's murder that took the life of 17-year-old Donterrius Jackson. Authorities are still investigating Monday's murder that took the life of 17-year-old Donterrius Jackson.
Suspect Cortez Bass is in Tunica County Jail. Suspect Cortez Bass is in Tunica County Jail.
Jackson believes her family deserves answers as she prepares to bury her son. Jackson believes her family deserves answers as she prepares to bury her son.
Detectives believe this may be gang related. Detectives believe this may be gang related.

(WMC-TV) - The mother of a teenager shot and killed Monday says her son was cyberstalked before his death.

Authorities are still investigating Monday's murder that took the life of 17-year-old Donterrius Jackson. Suspect Cortez Bass remains in Tunica County Jail. Charged with cyberstalking and murder, Bass' bond is $1 million.

Bass plead guilty to posting threats on Facebook and starting a fight with Jackson, who was a former classmate Rosa Fort High School.

"They had took him out of school, They said for his safety," said mother Linda Jackson. "He killed him in broad daylight in front of everybody, children."

Jackson says she reported to the sheriff that her son was cyberstalked before the shooting. Facebook posts from Bass to Donterrius include death threats.

This year Donterrius felt so threatened by his friends, the principal put him in an alternative school.

"Considering that the report was being made on someone who was not a student in [Jackson's new] school district, high school administration referred [the mother] to law enforcement," said Tunica County Schools Superintendent Stephen Chandler.

Investigators say Linda filed a report.

"She's filed the police report. She's gone to the school, her son is now out of the school where this was going on. What else could this lady have done? She couldn't actually have done anymore than what she's done," said Cedric Davis, Tunica County SHeriff's Investigator.

Investigators say recent felony accusations against Bass would have taken more time for possible charges, because they would have had to validate the Facebook page where the alleged threats started.

But Jackson believes her family deserves answers as she prepares to bury her son.

"What I say is it was premeditated, because they said what they were going to do and they did just that," said Jackson, who feels the system failed her son. "Why didn't y'all provide us with any protection? Why didn't y'all secure this area"

Tunica investigators admit there is a criminal history of online threats and violence between the former classmates. They say they were looking into new Facebook threats a few days before the shooting.

Detectives believe this may be gang related.

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