Canton residents remember teen shot in front of family business - - Jackson, MS

Canton residents remember teen shot in front of family business

13-year-old Muhammad Saeed (Source: Family) 13-year-old Muhammad Saeed (Source: Family)
CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Days after a bullet ended 13-year-old Muhammad Saeed's life, dozens of Canton residents are offering support for Saeed's family and strong words for the two men believed responsible.

"We want justice for this, and we want it to stop. Today, in our house, to our child, it could swing around. It could go on and on and on and on,” a relative of Saeed said to the crowd during Saturday's vigil.

Local concerned citizens and neighborhood watch groups organized the event, which took place in front of the Fat Boy convenience store where Muhammad Saeed worked with his father.

Those who were frequent customers say they remember the kid they called “Lil' Ali.”

 “He was a good boy, young boy, and he treated me nice. He never did anything,” customer Luretha Thompson said. “He was a sweet boy.”

“Everybody loved him. If you came into contact with him, you'd never forget him,” family friend Sadie Jordan said. “He just had that kind of personality, the same personality and persona as his dad.”

Monday's robbery and shooting that left Muhammad dead also injured his father, Fahd.

Fahd told us one of the robbers fatally shot his son right in front of him.

“I want to thank all of the community for supporting –“ Fahd Saeed said to the crowd, before bursting into tears.

That grief is still palpable to so many who lit a candle or even left a stuffed animal in front of the store.

“We hear all the time where 20, 21 year olds robbing, killing, something like that, but you just don't expect this to happen to a 13-year-old child,” Jordan said.

Those who attended said Saturday's vigil wasn't about race or blame, though. Many said they wanted to show love for a family that just about everybody got to know.

Now, they say, the father's loss is theirs as well.

“A parent is never supposed to bury their child. It's just not the natural course of things,” Jordan said.

Police say 19-year old Teaonta Clark and 34-year-old Tony Clark of Canton are still at large, believed to be the suspects in that fatal shooting.

Fahd Saeed said investigators told him the Crimestoppers reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case is up to $20,000.

If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers at 601-355-TIPS.

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