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Family speaks out about the death of Jesse Dewayne Rose

Published: Jun. 28, 2020 at 7:33 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A protest was held outside of the Lauderdale County Courthouse Sunday to bring awareness to the death of 49-year-old Jesse Dewayne Rose. Newscenter 11 spoke with Rose’s family about the loss of a husband and a father of five.

“I feel like I lost my best friend. I feel like I lost the only man that I can confide to. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through,” said Rose’s daughter McKenzie.

In an emotional interview, Rose’s daughter, McKenzie talks about how she feels about her father’s death.

“A man from Lauderdale who rents properties came to my daddy’s yard to evict him at 10 o’clock at night. He didn’t try to evict my dad in a proper way. He didn’t go to court and he didn’t have anything drawn out. He just wanted to come and put dad out,” said McKenzie.

McKenzie said the man was asked by police to leave the property. She also said the man returned the following day.

“The next day the man comes back. My dad wakes up and the man is taking down my daddy’s fence. My dad comes to the door, the man walks up to him and he starts shooting. He shot inside his house 8 times,” said McKenzie.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting that turned deadly on June 25th. The shooting happened at a house in the 100 block of 58th avenue.

“Deputies were at the location for approximately 20 minutes the night before. There was a dispute between a landlord and one of the individuals living there at the residence. The next morning, the landlord came back and the disturbance began again. Gunshots were exchanged and Mr. Rose ultimately died as a result of injuries from that gunshot,” said Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun.

Rose’s sister-in-law, Jessica Butler, said she thinks of her brother every day.

“These kids will never have their father. We will never have that male role model in our life. That’s something we can’t get back. There’s nothing we can do our say to bring him back. We’re begging for justice, anything,” said Rose’s sister-in-law, Jessica Butler.

“This is not about color not is it not about race. About everyone coming together so we can change meridian. We can change the way the laws work. Anybody that can shoot somebody and kills them should be locked up for life,” said McKenzie.

A horrible incident Rose’s family will have to live with for the rest of their lives.

Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said the death investigation will be presented to the next available grand jury.

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