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Default Biloxi, MS WF, 16 shot to death during robbery; 5 colored teens charged with capital murder


Murder of Biloxi teen revealed by doorbell camera
Ring Doorbell app showed an ambulance arriving at the Biloxi residence, signaling to the family that something was wrong.

Updated February 25 at 10:00 PM

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) -Madison Harris had been living with her grandparents for four years after her parents divorced. James Waldeck, who is engaged to her grandmother, said the family is struggling with grief after the shooting took Madison away from them.

Waldeck said he learned something was wrong when his Ring Doorbell app showed an ambulance at their home. He said the camera at the garage door revealed much more about what happened in his home.

“Madison was here, her very good friend, Paul, and her dad was in the back yard raking leaves,” Waldeck said. “One girl came in, I saw on Ring Doorbell, about a half-hour before. And then, according to my Ring Doorbell, four of them charged in an unlocked door here at the carport. And within a matter of ten seconds, the shooting and screaming, and then them running out the door being chased by Paul, her friend, and then her dad.”

Waldeck said some of those charged were once considered friends.

“They were in our house a number of different times, I thought as friends, yes,” Waldeck. “They just lived two or three houses down and across the street.”

But Waldeck said something had changed.

“We think they were involved in a burglary at the house two weeks ago,” Waldeck said. “Of course, the police were called, and we were pressing charges against that first crime, and we’re afraid this may have been retaliation against us reporting their crime.”

After the burglary, Harris' family was worried about another break-in and took special precautions.

“We screwed the window shut so they couldn’t get in there,” Waldeck said. “We put deadbolts on the doors so that they had to be locked with a key to get in or out, but the carport door was unlocked, and that’s where they made their way in.”

Biloxi police have said the suspects went in planning to rob Madison Harris, but Waldeck said he thinks they had other plans going in.

“Premeditation. Definitely. 'Cause the video doorbell lasts 15 seconds or thirty seconds for them to come in, shoot. You hear screaming, then everybody running out the door,” Waldeck said.


VIDEO: Five teens charged with capital murder in death of 16-year-old Biloxi girl

Updated February 25 at 3:16 PM

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Five teenagers are now charged with capital murder in the death of a 16-year-old Biloxi girl.

The five juveniles were arrested Monday shortly after the shooting and accused in the death of Madison Harris.

The teenagers are identified as follows: Yakeshia L. Blackmon, 17; Willow O. Blackmon, 15; Jasmine Joy-Sade Kelley, 15; Jarvis Jermaine Cook, 17; and Jaquez Devonte Porter, 17.

Police say the five Biloxi teens attempted to use a gun to rob Harris at a home in the 2000 block of Rustwood Drive, which is located just off Popps Ferry Road. An altercation took place and Harris was shot, said authorities.

The five juveniles fled in multiple directions, leading police to canvas the neighborhood looking for them. Witness statements and evidence found at the scene of the murder led investigators to locate all five suspects shortly after the shooting and piece together what happened to Harris.

WLOX was there when two of the five teens charged with capital murder were arrested. Yakeshia Blackmon, left, and Willow Blackmon, right, were taken into custody outside of a house located across the street from where Madison Harris was shot and killed.
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