3 murdered in Canton home invasion


CANTON — The triple homicide of an immigrant Guatemalan family for cash that left a one-year-old girl orphaned tops off one of the most violent years in recent memory with eight total murders.

Police received a call about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29 concerning a shooting on Chestnut Alley. 

Officers found Faustino Ramirez, 20, and his pregnant wife, Martina, 19, dead with gunshot wounds to the head, according to Police Chief Otha Brown.

Authorities say Martina was about eight months pregnant and police are treating the matter as a triple homicide.

Brown says their one-year-old daughter was also shot but is currently in stable condition at the University Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. 

Faustino Ramirez’s brother Robert, 15, also survived the shooting by hiding in a closet.

“All I know right now is that we are looking for information on a suspect or suspects so we can bring who did this to justice and hopefully offer the family some closure,” Brown said.

Police have a description of a suspect and a motive in the roughly $2,000 in cash that was taken from the home, officials said.

These murders top off a particularly violent year in Canton, according to Brown. 

The CPD and Madison County Sheriff’s Office have investigated five murders in addition to the Ramirezes and reported three other victims sent to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

“The shootings are out of control,” Brown said. “We need more community help in solving some of these cases. We are out there doing our job but we cannot be everywhere at once.”

Just a week before Christmas, police said a shooting victim was reported at the Canton Multi-Purpose Complex. 

Brown said that Dario Robinson, 35, was found dead on Friday, Dec. 18 around 7:30 a.m. by a Canton Parks and Recreaction employee on one of the baseball fields. 

Brown said that Robinson had suffered one fatal gunshot wound to the back of the head. The case remains under investigation.

In June, an elderly security guard was shot “execution-style” at a Canton apartment Complex. 

David Herrin, 85, was shot “multiple times” in his vehicle the night of Sunday, June 14 at Canton Estate Apartments where he worked as a security guard, Heath Hall, a spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said at the time.

“The deputy found the man in a vehicle and determined he was shot multiple times at close range,” Hall said then. “It was an execution-style murder.”

The case has gone unsolved and S & S Management Group, LLC, which operates as Guard One Security in Mississippi, is still offering a $5,000 reward leading to information on Herrin’s killer.

The next month, Devante Xavier Johnson, 27, of Canton turned himself in in connection withthe July 26 shooting of Ramone Gutter, 32, in front of a convenience store. 

Gutter died of his wounds at UMMC. Gutter rapped under the name “Ray Gutta.”

In October, Deondric Devontae-Remon Green opened fire on a vehicle in the McDonalds drive-through on west Peace Street. 

Police Chief Brown said that Dekarrie Johnson, 24, was found dead on the scene on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

In addition, 13-year old Robert Luckett succumbed to his injuries at the University of Mississippi Medical Center later that week. 

Green, 20, was identified as the suspected shooter. He now faces two charges of murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting. 

Rowena Shyanne Triplett, 23, Green’s girlfriend, has also been charged in connection with these murders and faces two charges of murder and two charges of attempted murder. Both suspects have been denied bond.

Brown said that anyone with information on any of these or other incidents is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477).

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