• Jessica Chambers crime scene decorated with Christmas flowers

    By: Tom Dees


    Mourners decorated the yellow-taped crime scene in Courtland were Jessica Chambers was burned alive with Christmas flowers, small Christmas trees and an evergreen wreath.

    As the community continued to show Monday that they care for the 19-year-old who died Dec. 6, the reward money was increased to $17,800.

    We don't know they were doing it. It is actually very beautiful. Whoever did it, thank you,” said Heather Parker, friend.

    “Jessica loved Christmas. She would buy little gifts for all her nieces. This was her favorite time,” Alicia Faulkner, friend.

    “Lord have mercy! You take her to Walmart and she would spend $200 in five minutes! This person needs this and this person needs that …,”  Parker added.

    Most who knew Chambers are not surprised by the outpouring of support.

    “I am not surprised by the goodness in people's hearts, not shocked at all,” Parker said.

    The family says they plan on adding a cross and wreath to the site when they get the heart to visit the crime scene.

    In the meantime Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby says investigators continue to work the case.

    “We have a lot of things to go back over, you know, continue to work,” Sheriff Darby said. “This is how you find out who the real police are. We still have a lot to do, a lot to check.”

    If you have any information in this case call the North Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169 or the FBI at 662-234-1713 / fax 662-232-3340.


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