Sunday, May 31, 2015

Erick Hambrick died yesterday. JPD investigating.

Second Update: JPD is awaiting Waffle House video.  The restaurant is cooperating with JPD.  The autopsy has not been completed.  The reason for the delayed start in the investigation is it was thought at first that the case was one of only a medical emergency as  Mr. Hambrick was discovered lying down in the parking lot.   It was determined by family members at the hospital that an item of jewelry was stolen.  JPD does not have any suspects or descriptions as it has not yet obtained a copy of the video.    June 1. 12:37 PM.

Update: Spoke to JPD.  JPD is awaiting results of an autopsy and said the case is currently considered to be a "death pending" investigation.  He was robbed and assaulted.   9:22 PM.

Erick Hambrick died last night.  JJ is trying to get more information but was able to confirm some of these Facebook posts with JPD.*  He was apparently assaulted and robbed at the Waffle House on High Street Thursday night and was removed from life support last night. Needless to say, JJ is getting swamped with emails from people asking for more information.  He was 52 years old. He performed at the Mississippi Opera and worked at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.


Credit: Mississippi Opera
Update: no change in Eric's status. If the LORD doesn't call him home tonight, decision will be made Noon tomorrow re removing him from life support. Then, as now, it will be GOD's will. Doctors say Eric has blood clot in his brain they cannot stop and there is no brain activity. Spoke with xxxx and xxxx late this afternoon and they are in shock but remaining strong for now. My sister, xxxx, finally located Eric's car tonight. Apparently, he stopped at the Waffle House on High Street after rehearsal at church last night and suffered a catastrophic fall in the parking lot about 10:30pm. xxxx was not notified until Noon today Jackson time. The rest of what we know was previously posted. Please keep praying for Eric and the entire family. Thank you.May 29 at 11:52pm

Beautiful rainbows and a stunning sunset were in the sky this evening as we were leaving the hospital, promises from a Mighty God. HE painted a beautiful picture to welcome our sweet uncle and a precious friend home to meet Jesus. Thanks for all the prayers. We will keep all updated with arrangements

 We just found out that Eric was assaulted, therefore, this is now a homicide and arrangements have been delayed pending investigation. We appreciate your continued prayers and concerns. We will post arrangements asap.


*One post was italicized so as to help distinguish between the different posts.

Note: The Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home website says funeral arrangments are pending. 


53 comments:

Rita McCollum said...

Eric was such a sweet soul. He would never hurt anyone and did not deserve this! Praying that the person(s) who did this will be caught and brought to swift justice. Thanks to Kingfish for posting this.

Johnny Weir said...

WAPT News reported he was robbed attacked on Thrusday night at 10:30 PM.
"The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant, near High Street in Jackson."

Anonymous said...

This type of violence is happening across the country. Been waiting for it to come to Jackson. Such an unnecessary tragedy.

But, Streets Are Flooded said...

Here is just one of many posts I saw about this gentleman.

"You want to know more about this dear man?? He was a brother, son, uncle, friend to any who needed him, would give you the shirt off his back, He was a phenomenal singer, and sang more than in just churches. He sang in the Mississippi Chorus, the Mississippi Opera, and many other venues. He was a talented actor and director, having done both in many theaters in our State. He love God and he loved his fellow man, and would have given his last dollar to help someone in need. Eric Hahn Hambrick mattered, and his life was taken by a senseless, evil thug and for what???? A few dollars in his pocket???? ERIC MATTERED!!"

WHAT? said...

10:32; Where the F*** have you been for the past fifteen years?!

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why the media doesn't report some of these crimes as soon as possible. WLBT still doesn't have it on the website. What happens if it happened again to someone else the next day and it could have been avoided if people only had the information they needed to stay clear of that area.

Anonymous said...

I never thought I would have known someone who was murdered. And someone like Eric? I'm sure he would have given them anything. They killed him for no reason.

Anonymous said...

Hate crime

Anonymous said...

the entire area needs to be made in to a parking lot.

Anonymous said...

"Eric's Life Matters"

Anonymous said...

@7:23 AM, I agree with you! Should we have a silent protest?

Anonymous said...

Rita McCollum - "Praying that the person(s) who did this will be caught and brought to swift justice." The thug who did this may be caught, but in Hinds County there won't be any justice.

Anonymous said...

11:51 is correct. I have known Eric for a long time and he would have given them everything he had, but they chose to kill him. This is such a loss. It was easier to accept when we thought it was an aneurysm or a fall.......there was no need for this. He was a good man with the kindest of hearts and the sweetest of spirits. This is beyond wrong.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I stop for a burger at Whataburger on High Street and get nervous at the people lurking in the parking lot. All the merchants there need video surveillance in the parking lots, and JPD needs to step up patrolling the area.

Anonymous said...

10:53 - The news media don't have a crystal ball. Someone has to tell them. Look at the timeline, too. It happened Thursday night and was initially thought to be an accident. It wasn't classified as a homicide until some time later. Local news media don't usually report someone falling in a parking lot. He was taken off life support on Saturday. So, the local news media (at least some of them) did report the homicide in a timely manner. Not defending local news media, but give them a break if you don't know what you're talking about.

Anonymous said...

The Jackson police department are playing down crime stats to keep Yarber & Lee Vance looking good as mayor & police chief. No Joke. Get out of Jackson for your own Safety.

Anonymous said...

I know what I am talking about. 90% of the members who comprise our "local news media" are simply incompetent. I don't give those incompetent at their jobs a break.

Anonymous said...

"What happens if it happened again to someone else the next day and it could have been avoided if people only had the information they needed to stay clear of that area."

That information has been available since about forever, and many of us have decided to "stay clear of that area" for about the same length of time.

Kingfish said...

It happened late Thursday night. Everyone thought he just fell and hit his head in the parking lot. Then he died Saturday night. News media didn't know until as I did, people emailed tips. It is Sunday night. JPD is pretty much closed down. SO you are trying to get information from JPD sources about what happened. The problem is it didn't become a death pending investigation until he died. They are doing an autopsy. I was told the code for the investigation will probably be changed today.

Prayers for Eric said...

Prayers for Eric and his family. This shouldn't happen in a civilized society. I work at a nearby business and we are constantly vigilant. and yes, we do have guns stashed within easy reach. We have had shootings in our parking lot and other mischief. We make sure we are gone before the sun goes down. The police do a good job of patrolling, but once the cover of darkness falls this is a high crime zone. But most of Jackson a high crime zone.

Car 54 Where Are You? said...

There was some sort of well attended (go figure) concert at the Coliseum (virtually across the street from the site of this murder) Saturday night. Probably five JPD cars positioned strategically in the parking area and on High Street with Blues flashing. Suppose this is a signal to the thug crowd to give it a rest for a couple days. Then, back to bidness as usual.

Literally as Eric died, the police lights across the street from the scene of his assault were set up as (temporary) warnings.

Anonymous said...

Can't even go out and get a good pancake in Jackson anymore. We need The Eye of Sauron mounted on one of the high rise building in JackIraq.

Anonymous said...

There is a need for a map of the city of Jackson with "pins" or other location notifiers where serious crimes have occurred in the last 12 months and in the latest month. This map should be available online so that locals and tourists have knowledge that the police will not produce. The map should be accessible online. It would include all assaults, robberies, carjackings, murders and attempted murders, rapes and the like.

Any chance you can foster this process?

pittpanther said...

Thanks for the info, KF. Waiting to hear how how this incident was branded a fall for more than 2 days, then became a robbery and assault. No one said anything on Thursday? This is all based on email tips?

Anonymous said...

10:24 AM
You would sued by the NAACP, ACLU, SECU, BBM, Obama DOJ,HUD and The Jackson Free Press for red lining the community.

Kingfish said...

I post those maps here from time to time. They are available on the city of Jackson website. government>departments>police>maps. Perhaps you could get off your lazy butt and look them up instead of waiting for me to do it for you.

Kingfish said...

It happened so quick no one thought of a crime. Then family members at hospital noticed some of his property was missing. Police are working the case right now. Yes, there was video but we don't know yet if it was the right angle.

WLBT is dead last on the story. Used to be that would not have been the case. One reason it is no longer number one in ratings.

Anonymous said...

I find that WJTV reports the news much faster than WLBT. They had covered the story about the crime in Eastover (kidnapped doctor) WAY before WLBT. This crime is just so very sad.

Johnny Weir said...

Kingfish news flash have out scooped all the established new feed! WoWe!
"And this is not from Kingfish."

Kingfish said...

WAPT published it first. I got the tips around 8 but I was too wrapped up in last night's episode to read them until it was over at 9.

Anonymous said...

KF - that's your second dead-end reference (the other is a whole "thread to nowhere")

Episode of WHAT, pray tell?

Anonymous said...

Nothing on this tragic story on wlbt at noon today (Mon.)

Kingfish said...

Cheryl is off on Monday's. Howard and Marcia don't come in until 1:30. I'm surprised Kenney isn't covering it. He's all over crime stories. Loves 'em. Oh well. New management so who are we to argue?

Anonymous said...

speaking of wlbt, I watched at noon today, too...most repeats of last week stories and wrong video over SEVERAL Stores & camera left on speaker, way past end of feature

Anonymous said...

8:59 - That's the second ignorant generalization you've made here in one day's time. Remember, it's better to remain silent and thought a fool...

Anonymous said...

who found him and who called the ambulance etc.?
was he conscious?

Anonymous said...

This was a hate crime. Eric was told that "This area isn't safe for whites." and then followed and beaten. Black on white equals riots in the street, but hate crimes on white people is considered ideal for a hush up.

Thoroughly Pissed said...

His ring was stolen off his finger. Why the idiotic vague references to 'an item of jewelry'?

If all of these media have police scanners (which also tie into ambulance frequencies) why the hell babble over Cheryl and Howard and Marcia? Somebody is on duty attending to the scanner. We don't need certain media stars to investigate shit.

I'm not sure who is more complicit in downplaying this tragedy or apologizing for it or simply ignoring it.

Anonymous said...

Lee Vance just said "a male suspect"....didn't say a race....well, what are the odds?

Anonymous said...

My prayers to the family. The good doctor in the Eastover incident got it right, Make 'em look like swiss cheese! That way there can be some more BBQ and fish fry meetins to learn how to mentor thugs. They been successful so far.

Johnny Weir said...

10:24 AM You want crime maps.
Go to the City of Jackson website, url below & click on crime map.

http://www.jacksonms.gov/index.aspx?nid=196

Also, Waffle House is on Larson Drive just off of High St. Has the Jackson Police also checked the video cameras feeds at the Kanagroo Gas Station and The Best Westerns Executive Suites on Larson Dr. They are at a point of concurrency with the Waffle House.

Anonymous said...

If this happened on their parking lot, do they have liability?

Anonymous said...

Funeral Arrangements

Visitation: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 10:00 a.m.
First Baptist Church Jackson- Sanctuary

Funeral: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:30 a.m.
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Anonymous said...

If they saw video why don't they release full description of suspect so why could help catch guy????

Anonymous said...

These senseless attacks are sickening. My condolences and prayers to his family and friends.

From a personal safety / risk perspective, at what point will it become "too dangerous" to hold events at the Trade Mart, such as Mistletoe Marketplace?

Crime Watch said...

It's already too dangerous to hold events in or near the coliseum. Do we really need a certain number of murders, robberies, jackings and beatings in order to declare the venue unsafe? How many events have pulled out, been cancelled or are no longer scheduled in that area? A damned bunch! The children's rodeo pulled out and went to Hattiesburg about four years ago and it was an annual event on that venue. Concerts have just about abandoned the area. Dennery's saw the writing on the wall years ago and the old Ramada now is empty except for a few travelers who have no clue. You can walk through that massive building for thirty minutes and not see a soul. But, hell, it's all only perception.

Anonymous said...

June 1 @ 4:09. You stated "This was a hate crime. Eric was told that "This area isn't safe for whites." and then followed and beaten. Black on white equals riots in the street, but hate crimes on white people is considered ideal for a hush up."

How do you know this? Did Eric tell someone this??? Where did you get your information?

Anonymous said...

Two black men charged in the beating death of Eric. That's about as predictable as the summer weather around here

Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace -- gone too soon.

Here is an interesting set of statistics on Jackson. I found the Description column of crime in Jackson, the most informative. SAD SAD day -- and those who are the "leaders" in our community just sit and fiddle while Rome burns.

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ms/jackson/crime/#data

A portion of the "Description" -- I would suggest reading it all -- including the data points used to develop the statistics.

"With a crime rate of 71 per one thousand residents, Jackson has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 14. Within Mississippi, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Jackson.In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Jackson to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A."

Ode To Jackson said...

8:21; Did you intentionally misrepresent the month and time of the funeral?

Meanwhile - "It was the 3rd of June another sleepy, dusty Delta day.a.a.a. The brothers were swilling longnecks and they momma was on the porch gettin' laid".

Anonymous said...

Decide where to spend your money after reading the comments from the freaks at the Jackson Free Press about Eric's murder by the latest Jackson thugs.

Anonymous said...

9:06

Can you please provide a link. I'm unable to find where the local tabloid has even mentioned Erick.

Anonymous said...

I met the family this week. His mother told me the two killers are out of jail already (10 months later) #whitelivesdon'tmatter(obviously)

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