‘Y’all taking families’ mother pleads for end to gun violence after child’s father shot to death at home

Memphis, Tenn. — Friends and family of a Memphis man found murdered in his home last week came together Sunday to remember him and beg for an end to violence.

A crowd gathered in the 1100 block of Railton Road.

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Those attending celebrated the life of 30-year-old Javarie Mays who was found shot to death in his home on April 5.

It took three days and the help of the United States Marshalls to find his accused killer.

Nicholas Anderson was hiding in Indianola, Mississippi.

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In addition to celebrating Mays, those who loved him are begging people to stop before turning to violence.

Jessica McNeil told us, “Just put these guns down. It is not worth it y’all. My baby is six, and he got to live the rest of his life without his father. It’s not worth it. If you get that mad, walk away. It’s not worth it. Y’all taking families.”

Nicholas Anderson is charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping.

So far, Memphis has seen at least 66 violent deaths in 2021.

On the same day in 2020, Memphis had 49 homicides in a year that saw a record-breaking total of 332 homicides.