Teenager Died To Save His Cousin

18-year-old, Jordan Blackwell, used his own body as a shield to protect his 15-year-old cousin Caleb Edwards from a gunman’s bullets.


The clock had already made its strike past mid-night, young people were playing video games in a southern Mississippi home when an unwanted guest forced his way into the living room. The unwanted guest was a gunman who demanded to be told the whereabouts of Jordan Blackwell’s parents.

Young Blackwell responded stating that they had gone to another town.

That was not the answer the gunman seem to have wanted and he immediately started firing shots.

As the shots started spraying from the gunman’s weapon everyone tried to run for cover, but the only chance for Caleb was for his cousin Blackwell to use his body to shield him.

The gunman is known to the victims as Corey Godbolt.

In an interview with “Associated Press,” Caleb stated his recollection of the horrific incident that occurred on Sunday night and how he felt the forceful impact as his cousin Blackwell was being shot.

Caleb stated; “He loved me enough to take some bullets for me.”

Jordan Blackwell was not the only life that was taken by Corey Godblot’s bullets that night.

It is reported that Godbolt went to Vincent Mitchell’s Bogue Chitto home demanding that his estranged wife, should allow their two children to leave with him, sometime before midnight on Saturday.

Godbolt’s wife and their two children had been staying with Vincent for approximately three weeks.

Michell claimed that “He’d come to get his kids. The deputy was called and asked that he leave. He acted like, motioned like, he was fixing to go. Then he reached into his back pocket and grabbed a gun. He just started shooting everything.”

While Mitchell and Godbolt’s wife were able to escape; the deputy, Mitchell’s wife, her sister, and one of his step-daughters were killed.

The authorities believe that Godbolt then fled that scene and killed four other individuals at two other homes.

Among those killed at the other homes are 18-year-old Jordon Blackwell, Austin Edwards, the 11-year-old brother of Caleb Edwards were killed in their living room early Sunday.

According to Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman, Warren Strain, Willie Corey Godbolt, who is 35-year-old, will be charged with one count of capital murder and seven counts of first-degree murder and the charges could change as the investigation continues.

Investigators have identified some of the individuals killed, namely: Barbara Mitchell, 55; Brenda May, 53; Tocarra May, 35; Ferral Burage, 45; Shelia Burage, 46; and deputy William Durr, 36.

Austin Edwards and Jordan Blackwell were identified by their parents.

A tearful Tiffany Blackwell described coming home and finding her slain son.

“When I walked in the house and saw my child lying there, I just thought he was sleeping. I told him to wake up. I told him to get up, but he wouldn’t move.”

Jordan Blackwell was preparing for his senior year and was being recruited by two universities and a community college. He also played linebacker for the Brookhaven High football team. Blackwell is described by both his parents as a cheerful and unselfish son who dreamed of getting a Camaro for his high school graduation.

While Austin Edwards is described by his older brother Caleb Edwards, as “A happy kid who liked to play and cook.”

Caleb said after his brother was shot, “I thought I was going to die.”

William Durr, the deputy,  who was killed by Godbolt had worked in Christian ministry before becoming a law enforcer. William enjoyed performing at puppet shows to deliver inspiring messages to children. William Durr was also married and had an 11-year-old son.

William Durr’s wife Debbie Durr shared the following about her husband; “He was a good Christian man. He was a youth minister and a pastor before going into law enforcement.”

Godbolt indicated that he had no intentions of being captured alive.

“My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets. Suicide by cop was my intention,” said Godbolt.

Godbolt was hospitalised for a gunshot wound; it is not clear who had shot him.


Written by Stacey Fowler


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