Community is concerned after multiple murders in Magnolia, AR


A small town in southern Arkansas is still shaken tonight, after multiple murders rock the community. 

Folks in Magnolia, Ark., are concerned for their safety, as police continue their investigation of three murders that happened over the course of less than a week. 

“I’ve never heard of something like this happening around here, not in my 46 years”, said Barbara Gooden. She said she visits the city daily. 
Magnolia police said the last homicide happened within city limits in 2012. 
“They appear to be isolated incidents, in as far as nothing like somebody just picking out targets,” said Todd Dew, chief of the Magnolia Police Department. 
Two of the murders happened last Monday. Officials said they discovered Damarras Henderson dead at the Magnuson Hotel. The suspect in that shooting, Roderick McDaniel, was killed Tuesday by a deputy serving a warrant for his arrest. The prosecuting attorney’s office said in a release that deputies found McDaniel behind the wheel of a vehicle near Preston Apartments in Magnolia. They said as the officer attempted to make contact with McDaniel to serve the warrant for first degree murder, McDaniel rammed the patrol car with his vehicle. Officials say during the attempted arrest, McDaniel was shot in the chest. 
Earlier Monday, police found Jarious Shaw with a gunshot wound in the backyard of a home on Norma Drive. Emergency crews transported Shaw to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect in that case, Stephen Smith, was arrested Friday with the assistance of U.S. Marshals near a casino in Bossier City, La. 
“They’re not considered closed (cases), yet, even though we do have suspects in them, we still have a lot of investigative work to do,” said Dew. 
Yet another murder happened Black Friday, when the 83-year-old grandfather of murder suspect Smith was killed in his own home on Jeanette Street.  Arkansas State Police are investigating the murder of Nathaniel Smith. 
Meanwhile, people in the Magnolia community are looking over their shoulders. 
“I’m going to think twice now before I let my granddaughter ride around the block,” said Janice Pate. 
Officials say these are still active investigations, and if you have any information about any of these incidents, please contact Magnolia Police. 

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