MARSHALL CO., MS (WMC) - A Mid-South community is reeling after experiencing three murders since the beginning of the year. But, even worse, each murder was committed the same way.
Investigators are still following leads regarding the latest of the murders. A teenager was found murdered Wednesday night.
The coroner said the recent murder has striking similarities to other murders in the same county.
"It's so, so heart breaking and sad," Sandra Bady said.
Bady is still trying to come to terms with the fact that her youngest child, Melvin Brown, is gone. The 18-year-old was a junior at Holly Springs High School.
"He played football," Bady said.
On Tuesday night, Brown disappeared. He had been in the passenger seat of a car in the driveway of a home. His friend, who owned the car, went inside the home for approximately 15 minutes. The friend told investigators he heard gunshots and went rushing outside.
"She said we heard shots. When they said they heard shots, I jumped straight up," the owner of the vehicle said.
The man who owned the BMW where Brown was found said when he ran outside, he saw a man wearing a skull cap. The man with the skull cap was driving off in his BMW and with Brown in the passenger seat.
The BMW was found in a very remote area of Marshall County. Brown was still in the passenger seat...dead. He was shot in the left temple at close range.
Marshall County Coroner James Anderson said the murder is the third similar shooting in the county this year. The shootings are in different parts of the county.
"They have been shot in the temple, around the eye area," Anderson said.
He said it is strange in a county with less than a dozen murders annually.
"Myself and this sheriff was talking about it," Anderson said.
He isn't sure what to make of it, but he knows it is unusual and is being investigated.
But, for those left behind, what they want is justice.
"It's a very sad loss," Bady said.
No one is in custody. However, investigators said they do have information and they hope to make an arrest soon.