Jacameron Macklin was 16 years old when he was murdered. His body was found inside his home in Marion, Arkansas, more than five years ago, and the person responsible for his death has yet to be brought to justice.
The teen was a tenth-grade student at West Memphis High School, and he had moved to the area three months prior.
On the night of April 30, 2016, officers with the Marion Police Department received a call about a shooting at a home on Sherwood Cove.
When they arrived on the scene, they discovered Jacameron with multiple gunshot wounds.
His mother stated that when she returned home, she found the star football player slumped over on the couch.
Officials stated that the killing took place during a home invasion.
Evidence suggested that the shooter did not force their way into the home, and they believe that Jacameron, whom relatives referred to as a “good student with a bright future,” was targeted.
Relatives told reporters that it was unlikely that Jacameron knew his killer. His aunt stated that “anybody around here can tell you that he caused no problem with no one. He was a great child.”
According to WREG, neighbors were questioned by police, but no one saw the gunmen; they only heard the shooting.
There are three persons of interest in the case, but detectives need more evidence to make an arrest.
After the fatal shooting, classmates of the victim didn’t hesitate to congregate at West Memphis High School for a candlelight vigil.
His aunt had a message for the killer. She said, “Own up to what you did. If you are as hardcore as you think you are, and you’re out here saying you’re as hardcore as you think you are, own up to it and go do your time.”
“I pray that God has mercy on your soul.”
Three years after Jacameron was murdered, Lt. Freddy Williams, the lead investigator in the case, was arrested for drug possession and tampering with evidence.
According to Fox 13 Memphis, he was caught on surveillance camera “taking drugs from the evidence locker.”
There has since been a new investigator assigned to the case, and he or she, including the Marion chief of police, has asserted that “this case is a priority one.”
Anyone with information regarding the unsolved murder of Jacameron Macklin is encouraged to contact Crittenden County Crime Stoppers at (870) 732-4444.