MPD debunks rumors of serial killer in Westwood homicides

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Six dead people, all found in the Westwood and Walker Homes areas of Southwest Memphis.

A months-long string of homicides led many people to fear rumors a serial killer.

But Memphis police said that rumor is untrue.

“There’s a serial killer in Westwood. A serial killer,” said Jerricka Henderson, a TikToker.

The Westwood and Walker Homes community were alarmed and concerned for their safety after a TikTok video went viral on social media.

“This serial killer has killed 6 to 7 people. He is supposedly shooting them and setting their bodies on fire,” said Henderson.

But that was only a rumor.

The truth was since November, the Memphis Police Department investigated six homicides in the area. But police said there’s no evidence they are connected.

It started Nov. 8 on the 500 block of Levi Road. A suspect was charged with manslaughter.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is still looking into an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead Dec. 9 on Cimmaron Drive and Star Line Drive.

A suspect faces multiple charges, including reckless homicide in another death on Dec. 20 on the 1000 block of Leacrest Avenue.

But there are three still unsolved deaths:

  • Dec. 21 in the 1800 block of West Raines Road;
  • A man found dead inside a burning car in the 3500 block of Silas Road Jan. 3;
  • And the latest on Jan. 5 at Weaver and West Mitchell Road.

“We just got to watch out for each other and look out for the neighbors,” said Col. Carlos Davis of Memphis Police Department.

Police said there is only one shot spotter in the Westwood area.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Melvin Watkins believes the city needs more to ensure the safety of the community.

“A person was shot on Third and Ford. We have cameras here on our church campus and they use some of those to identify, but at that time, they could not retrieve from that camera because there was no camera. It was just a decoy and I am concerned, " said Watkins.

Memphis Police told Fox 13 they are still investigating the homicides on Dec. 21 and Jan 3 and 5.

If you have information, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.