A 12-year-old boy is shot dead while playing ‘Russian roulette’ in the abandoned Jackson home as three others are arrested for his murder, but the family insists ‘his death was NOT a game’
- The body of the 12-year-old boy was found in an abandoned suburban home in the early hours of Friday morning after he was previously reported missing.
- Jackson, Mississippi, had the highest per capita homicide rate in the country
- However, some of Noah’s family members and friends have since expressed skepticism that the boy died during a “game.”
- However, authorities are still investigating the death after making three arrests.
- Jackson police are asking anyone with information to call the department at 601-960-1278 or Crimestoppers at 601-355-8477.
Tributes have arrived for a 12-year-old boy who died after he was allegedly shot during a game of Russian roulette in Mississippi.
Markell Noah’s body was found in an abandoned house on Audubon Place in Jackson on Friday night after he was initially reported missing. He was killed around 3 am.
Law enforcement officers subsequently arrested and charged two juveniles and one adult in connection with her murder on Friday.
The juveniles were charged with murder, and the adult was charged as an accessory after the fact to murder.
Markell’s body had been left at the abandoned suburban home, according to Jackson Deputy Police Chief Deric Hearn, who spoke with wlbt.
However, some members of Noah’s family have since expressed skepticism that the boy died during a “game.” Authorities are still investigating the death.
Markell Noah, 12, was found shot to death on Friday. His body was found in an abandoned suburban home in Jackson, Mississippi.
Three people have been arrested in connection with Markell’s death. Two minors for homicide and a 21-year-old for accessory to homicide. The pre-teen is shown here with his mother, Sonya Noah.
Markell’s body was found early Friday in an abandoned house at 334 Audubon Place in Jackson, Mississippi, where the 2021 per capita homicide rate was the highest in the country.
Markell’s sister, Nunu, posted what appear to be images of the bloody crime scene on her Instagram page, saying she doesn’t think Russian roulette had anything to do with her brother’s death.
Local resident Star Appleberry told WAPT.com that it’s a parent’s job “to know who their kids are participating with and who they’re coming into contact with.”
Stay with your children. Be nosy. Know what they’re doing and what they’re doing it with,” he said, before adding that “everyone is going to need help with this situation.”
In 2021, Jackson reported a record 155 homicides – post the highest per capita homicide rate in the nation. As of October 2022, there had been 100 homicides in the city.
Noah’s family and community members are mourning the boy, who just turned 12 on November 17.
Latoya Harris wrote on Facebook of her sadness at the loss: ‘My heart is so heavy. This young king was my friend son. He was always a delight very respectful and well educated.
He ate with us and called me mom. Praying for strength and understanding for the Markell Noah family. You will be missed baby. We love you.’
One local resident said it is the ongoing job of parents to know ‘who their child is coming into contact with’.
The investigation is still pending in Jackson, but Markell’s sister, Nunu, took to social media and said she doesn’t think her brother’s death had anything to do with a game of Russian roulette.
‘MARKELL’S DEATH WAS NOT A GAME [sic]’, he published Facebook page.
About his instagram page, he posted a series of photos of conversations he had with his brother’s friend, as well as photos of the bloody crime scene where Markell’s body was allegedly found.
“Not everything on the news is real,” he wrote.
“This was not a game… I WANT JUSTICE IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE FOR MY 12-year-old brother,” Markell’s distraught sister continued.
Authorities have not released the names of the suspects arrested for the murder.
The investigation is ongoing and Jackson police ask anyone with information to call the department at 601-960-1278 or Crimestoppers at 601-355-8477.