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Yalobusha Records First Homicide In 2009 After Coffeeville Man Is Shot

Ernest Moore’s vehicle struck a light pole after he was shot.

By David Howell, Jack Gurner and Sarah Williams

COFFEEVILLE – A Coffeeville man was gunned down in his car Friday night while driving down Kennedy Street in Coffeeville.

    Multiple shots were fired, including the round that struck Ernest Moore in the head, killing him instantly, according to Yalobusha Coroner Ronnie Stark.     

    Moore, age 29, was at the wheel of a 2001 maroon Crown Victoria, traveling west on Kennedy Street when he was shot, according to authorities. His vehicle left the road after the shooting, striking a pole in what Yalobusha Sheriff Lance Humphreys described as a “pretty violent wreck.”

    The emergency call came in around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, and the sheriff’s department backed up the Coffeeville Police Department as the crime scene was processed for several hours.

    “We’re currently investigating this shooting with the help of the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation,” Coffeeville Police Chief Martin said.

    Both Humphreys and Martin accompanied Stark during the autopsy performed at the state crime lab in Jackson Sunday morning. State medical examiners were able to determine that the gunshot was the cause of Moore’s death.

    “He was dead before his vehicle struck the pole,” Stark told the Herald.

    Authorities were tight-lipped about details of the homicide, citing an ongoing investigation, but did confirm that at least one person of interest had been interviewed.

    “I heard the shots,” Moore’s mother, Marjorie Moore told the Courier Saturday morning.

    “I called my son on his cell phone, but he did not answer,” Marjorie Moore continued.  She was at her mother’s house, also on Kennedy Street near where the incident occurred when the shots were fired, but did not know what had happened until her husband came and told her.

    “He was a good boy,” Marjorie Moore said.

    The funeral will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in the Bryant community. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home in Grenada is in charge of arrangements.

Public’s Input Needed

    “We would appreciate any help the public can give us,” Martin said. “If anyone has any information, please contact Crimestoppers,” the chief added.

    To report information about this crime or any other criminal activity, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-933-TIPS (8477), or 473-4935. No one will ask your name and you may earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your information leads to an arrest and felony indictment. You will not be required to testify, and you will never be identified.



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