SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins released a statement Friday on Facebook, announcing a prayer vigil for a Green Oaks High School student who was fatally shot on Interstate 220 Wednesday evening, and sending his condolences to the teen’s family.
Today, I got the chance to speak with Mrs. Monique Miller, the mother of Minnion Jackson, and offer my sincere condolences to the family. Many of you have already heard about the tragic loss of life of this Green Oaks High School Football Player. His future showed great promise but that was all taken away by a senseless act of violence. Every child deserves the right to grow up and realize their dreams, and I believe it’s our responsibility as a community to help them get there. So, I’m asking that we, as a community, would especially carry dear in our hearts the youth of this City and fiercely guard their futures. Let’s show them that we care about them by fostering safe communities.”Adrian Perkins, Shreveport Mayor
Monique Jackson, Minnion’s mother addressed the crowd of over one hundred people in the center of the Green Oaks football field for the vigil. She thanked everyone for their support.
“My son was very goofy. He loved to play. He played around. Just a all around kid. He loved his football team. He use to take people to practice, pick them up, take them where they needed to go and that was just my son,” said Jackson.
She said she’s taking his death day by day.
“If anybody out there knows anything about my son’s murder, I need you to talk. Come forward and talk. Speak about it, cause my son will get his justice.”
Shreveport police attended the vigil to pay their respects and Tabatha Taylor with the city council gave a few words of encouragement during the vigil, asking for senseless violence in the city to stop.
Mayor Perkins was not in attendance for the vigil.