10 students in 20 years: Mississippi principal saddened by shooting death of yet another teen he fostered since 2015

Published 5:20 pm Friday, February 18, 2022

One Mississippi educator says he is saddened at the news of the recent death of a Natchez teen who was gunned down Thursday.

Marquez Brown, 16, who is affectionately called “Snug” by his friends and family was killed in a shooting Thursday night near Martin Luther King and Jackson streets in Natchez.

Natchez Freshman Academy Principal Larry Hooper expressed grief and frustration at losing former students to street violence in a post on social media.

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“I’m sad to say that this is the 10th student/former student less than 20 years old that I’ve lost since 2015 and one of these included this child’s big brother,” Hooper said of Marquez Brown. “I never saw him unhappy. He always asked for ways to help me, he loved to laugh and have a good time and he was loved by many. We gotta do better.”

Natchez police received a “shots fired” call at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday evening at 103 Jackson St. near Martin Luther King Jr. St., where they found a teenage male deceased, said Capt. Scott Frye of the Natchez Police Department.

Police have detained Jordan Caston, age 18, for allegedly gunning down 16-year-old Marquez Brown in “cold blood,” Natchez Police Chief Joseph Daughtry said.

He added Caston would be charged with murder and shooting inside of city limits.

Frye said investigators are unsure if the shooting is connected with the sentencing of Montreal Brown, who was sentenced to 70 years in prison last week in Sixth District Circuit Court for second-degree murder, aggravated assault charges with two firearm enhancements.