Residents react to Mayor Lumumba's sudden death - - Jackson, MS

Residents react to Mayor Lumumba's sudden death

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

We broke the news of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's death to some and confirmed it for others when we reached out to residents Tuesday evening. Many we spoke with described it as a sad day for the city. Some residents say they believe he was bringing the city together and moving it forward when he died.

"I've been familiar when he got elected and I was so happy," said Jackson resident Andrea Austin. "I was one of the ones that voted for him, and I am just in a state of shock, at a loss for words."

"It was very shocking and just hurtful to see that he wasn't able to live out his term as mayor, and I was looking forward to some of the changes that the had promised for Jackson," said Virginia Dixon a Jackson voter.

In his north Jackson neighborhood voters said he would be missed for his passion for uniting the people.

"We are missing a great leader in the City of Jackson, a man that was moving the city forward since the Harvey Johnson administration," said Bennie Rouser. "Could have been the best mayor we ever had in the City of Jackson."

"It's a sad, sad day for our city," said Jackson resident Clinton White. "Seems like we finally get something started you know and it's a setback for us all, and I hope that the city can come together and make it work out and benefit for us."

Young voters say they were inspired by the mayor's plans for the city.

"I think the most important thing that we have to do is just remember his legacy and just continue to fight for those issues he fought for," said Martinez Walker of Jackson.

"He was doing a lot to bring the city back to its original state," said Tony Currie. "I was just really thinking its a tragic event that he died, and he didn't get to finish his full term."

With Mayor Lumumba's passing many are wondering if his ideas will be carried out in the future.

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