Canton records city's first murder of 2021

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The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a woman found dead in a Canton hotel room on Friday morning.

 

Police Chief Otha Brown said that CPD was called to the Econo Lodge on Soldiers Colony Road in Canton around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 7, where they found the bloodied body of 37-year-old Takoria Brown.

 

“All I can say is that this is the first murder we have had in Canton this year,” Brown said.

 

Brown said a cleaning crew found the woman that morning.

 

Brown said they do not have a description of the suspect or suspects. The case has been handed over to MBI, which has not responded to requests for comment on this story.

 

Brown has noted in the past that 2020 was a particularly violent year for the city with eight murders. The first murder recorded in 2020 in Canton was of David Herrin, 85, who was working as a security guard at an apartment complex in Canton on the evening of June 14, when he was shot “execution-style.”

 

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 shootings are out of control,” Brown said at the end of last year. “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.”

 

The year was capped by a triple homicide of members of a family of immigrants from Guatemala. Officers found Faustino Ramirez, 20, and his pregnant wife, Martina, 19, dead with gunshot wounds to the head around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 29, according to Brown.

 

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

 

Their 1-year-old daughter survived but suffered a gunshot wound to the face and Faustino Ramirez’s younger brother Robert, 15, survived by hiding in a closet.

 

The motive is believed to be $2,000 in cash that was taken from the home.

 

Devante Xavier Johnson, 27, of Canton turned himself in in connection with the 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.

 

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. Two others were sent to the hospital following the shooting but survived.

 

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 the murders and faces two charges of murder and two charges of attempted murder. Both suspects have been denied bond.

 

Finally, Tyjerious Damichael Sims, 19, and Jaheen Tyrone Harris, 18, were both arrested on Jan. 8, 2021, and charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of 35-year-old Dario Robinson.

 

Robinson’s body was found on Dec. 18, a Friday around 7:30 a.m. by a Canton Parks and Recreation employee on one of the baseball fields at the Canton Multi-Purpose Complex.

 

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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