A 30 years old Mississippi man whose body was found burned and without a head was still alive when he was decapitated, according to an autopsy. The victim, identified as Jeremy Jerome Jackson 30 years old also suffered from a non-fatal gunshot wound to the leg. His body was found less than a mile away from his head, placed on the porch of a Jackson home, leaving authorities to question the violent nature of the murder. Because of the brutality of the crime, officers in Jackson have enlisted the assistance of FBI. Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the United States Attorney’s office joined Police Chief Lee Vance to discuss both Jackson’s case as well as the “assassination” of barbershop owner Johnny Brown, which occurred just ahead of the discovery of Jackson’s body. “Obviously the manner in which these two incidents have occurred, personally I found to be shocking, bizarre, brutal and unacceptable to the city of Jackson and its citizens” Vance told during a press conference. He told Jackson’s murder was “truly unique,” adding the department had not once worked a decapitation case. FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze similarly noted he would yet to work a case like this during his time in law enforcement. “I have not seen this in my career, certainly not here in the United states” he continued. Gang experts this week have confirmed the presence of MS-13 in Mississippi, a group whose violent deeds often involve decapitation and burning of bodies. Johnny Jackson tearfully recalled seeing his younger brother for last time Friday. He told he believed Jeremy was targeted for a reason.

“From my speculation it was a message sent from somebody or to the city because you just don’t kill somebody in the bushes then take their head and put in on display. They displayed him and you could ride down the street and see it on the step. To me, it was a message to somebody” he said. Johnny said that his brother had been living with him while he worked toward his degree and cared for his three children. “They might do it to someone else, we need to stop this, we need to stop the violence, all this unnecessary kind of stuff really needs to be solved cause they might do it again” he added. Police on Tuesday offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.

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