According to investigators, it appears that the murders of 75-year-old James Tingle and 59-year-old Johnny Crump were at least partially the result of a robbery.
"At this point we don't know the reason. However, we know that the car and some money was stolen," said Sergeant Randy Jackson with the Meridian Police Department.
At this time, Sgt. Jackson says it's unknown exactly how much cash was taken from the house. Just before 1 o'clock Monday afternoon, the two brothers were found dead in their home at 2419 19th Street. Investigators say the two had been shot multiple times. The question now is, 'when did it happen?'
"The only thing I can say," said Sgt. Jackson, "is that someone in the family talked to them roughly around 5 o'clock the day before and that's the last time I know of anyone talking to them."
According to family and friends, Mr. Crump was well known in the community. For a little over a year he had served as head musician at Little Hope Baptist Church in Toomsuba."
"He would come back in the church kitchen and I'd say, 'Johnny, you can't eat right now!' Then he'd say, 'Girl, give me something!' Ha...ha...ha. So, he was just a real kind person. He didn't meet any strangers," said fellow church member Angela Amerson.
"It just seems like part of our church family has been broken into. Someone saw fit to invade our family," said fellow church member Emma Smith.
Investigators say preliminary autopsy results will be available later this week. Meanwhile, they say the car stolen from the home was a 1993, silver Lincoln Town Car with disabled license plate, 841-59. Anyone with information on the car or the case in general is asked to call Meridian police at 485-1893.
"I pray to God that they are caught because this was uncalled for. This double murder was uncalled for," said Smith.