UPDATE: RUSTON, La. (01/30/2020)– A victim of a deadly shooting was remembered and celebrated in Ruston. Family and friends gathered and shared stories about Jeffrey Early and released balloons in his honor.
Early was shot and killed while attending a weekend party in Ruston earlier this month. The shooter still has not been identified.
Family members also spoke to those who attended about the importance of stopping gun violence in their community.
“He was a child of the foundation of love like many of you out here,” a family member said. “You were raised on the foundation of love. Go back to that. I don’t care what they say, if I touch this woman, she is still the same woman. It didn’t take away from it, it didn’t add. Stop the violence.”
Funeral arrangements for Jeffrey will be on Feb 1 at 2:00pm at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Simsboro.
UPDATE: GRAMBLING, La. (01/21/2020)– On Saturday night, Victoria Palmo received an unexpected call. She learned her son, 23 year old, Jeffrey D. Early had been shot at a party.
“I knew when I got to the hospital and they wouldn’t let me back there to see him, I knew then that it was ugly,” Victoria Palmo, Jeffrey’s Mother, said.
Jeffrey was not only a son, but a father to his own son, who is only 4 years old.
“I mean that was my backbone,” Palmo said.
“And y’all took it away,” Willie Maeheard, Jeffrey’s Aunt, said.
Palmo has since then stayed in contact with officials waiting on someone to talk. She says she believes she knows exactly who pulled the trigger. Officials have not identified the shooter.
“They have the information that they need, Palmo said. “But they need more evidence. It was more than 800 people there. Someone knows what happened.”
Palmo says she has since spoken to people at that party who say the people who did this to her son didn’t use the front entrance.
“Evidently they were not patted down,” Palmo said. “They were supposed to have been searched. Somebody dropped the ball somewhere”
According to Palmo, her son had gotten into an altercation at the party.
“He didn’t deserve this,” Maeheard said.
“My son didn’t do nothing but whoop someones.. and did he deserve to die? No,” Palmo said.
The family hopes someone will soon come forward and give the information they need to give their family peace.
“I mean you’re not in any trouble. You’re helping me and you’re helping my son,” Palmo said. “If you were in this same situation you would want someone to do the same for you. It’s not ratting or snitiching, it’s you letting a family get justice, that’s what you call it.”
Jeffrey’s family says they will not rest until they get the justice they need.
“Y’all just hurting people, hurting families, taking families for no reason. Come forward, come on turn yourself in,” Jeffrey’s Aunt said.
The family is planning a balloon release for January 31st for anyone who would like to be a part of the memorial. Funeral arrangements are still pending.
RUSTON, LA (01/19/20)– The Ruston Police Department says on January 19, 2020, they received a report of a person being shot inside of The Norton Building on West Mississippi Avenue in Ruston just after midnight.
Upon the arrival of officers from the Uniform Patrol Division, a large, chaotic crowd was seen trying to exit the venue. Patrol officers located a black male suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound.
The victim is identified as 23 year old, Jeffery D Early of Grambling. Medics from the Ruston Fire Department responded and transported Early to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center where he died due to his injuries.
The Ruston Police Department says this is still an active and ongoing investigation. Detectives are requesting that anyone with information regarding this crime to please contact the Ruston Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Division at 318-255-4141 or Crimestoppers of Lincoln Parish by calling 318-255-1111 or text a tip to “TIP515 plus your message.”