Investigation Continues Into Weekend Shooting
By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – An investigation continues into a weekend shooting in town Sunday morning that left a 26 year-old man dead.
Water Valley Police Chief Mike King reported that Keith Murray, Jr., was discovered deceased in the back yard of Apartment CH 21 on Charlie Harris Street in the Water Valley Housing Authority after some type of altercation. King said his officers responded after receiving a 911 call around 2:48 a.m. Sunday morning about suspicious activity in the vicinity.
King said the investigation is ongoing with help from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, who also responded to the scene along with the Mississippi Crime Lab technicians.
Murray had lived in the apartment for almost a year and King said they had not had any problems during that time. He also said he had moved from Potts Camp.
Yalobusha County Coroner Ronnie Stark pronounced Murray dead at the scene and said his body was sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy. Stark said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.
Funeral services for Murray will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Potts Camp Gymnasium at 2 p.m. The body will be in the gym an hour before service. Visitation is scheduled Friday from noon until 6 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home in Holly Springs.
According to his obituary, Murray was born May 18, 1988, in Champaign, Ill. to Linda Driver and the late Roy Lester. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter of Holly Springs; four brothers, Marcus Lester of Tupelo, Farris Lewis of Denver, Colo., Richard McNeal Jr. of Holly Springs and Romale McNeal Sr. of Potts Camp; three sisters, Traci Bowens, Laura Knox and Johnisha Scott, all of Holly Springs and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.