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Family identifies man killed in Sunday's interstate shooting

Jeremy McKinney (Source: Family) Jeremy McKinney (Source: Family)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

At least six times this year, there have been shootings on the Memphis interstates, with two of those being deadly. The most recent over the weekend on Watkins Road near I-40 left a 24-year-old dead.

The family identified the victim as Jeremy McKinney, a graduate of Frayser High School.

"It hurts more than anybody could explain," Mary Burke said.

Burke said she can only imagine how difficult this time is for McKinney's family. Her grandson Reginald Burke was killed in March in a suspected road rage shooting at the I-40/I-240 split. 

"A young man died because of this, like my grandson died because somebody is out there with a gun and just trigger happy," Burke said.

The shooting happened just after midnight Sunday morning. Investigators said the driver of the car and McKinney were driving on Watkins Road and attempting to get onto I-40 when someone shot at the car.

The bullets hit McKinney, and the driver immediately drove him to Regional Medical Center.

The suspect(s) were driving a white Hyundai Sonata. They have still not been found or identified.

It's something Burke said is just senseless.

"People just don't know how they destroy people when they do this," Burke said. "Something has got to be done."

The Memphis police are working to make sure drivers feel safe with officers patrolling the interstate. The goal is to have two to four officers per police station on the interstates, but it varies by the day, depending on manpower.

MPD said they have continuously had traffic enforcement on the interstate.

"No family should have to go through this at all--they shouldn't," Burke said.

It's a scary feeling no driver or passenger hopes to encounter, and a phone call no family hopes to receive.

"I feel mothers who have gone through situations that we've gone through with, it's been a hurt," Burke said.

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