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Jackson police make arrest in murder of deaf man found shot in the head

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson police have arrested and charged 32-year-old Christopher Grubbs with the murder of Rafael Thompson last week near University Blvd.  

Many people involved with the Mississippi School for the Deaf are describing Rafael Thompson as a kind person, but say Christopher Grubbs frequently got in trouble at school.

Grubbs does have a criminal record, but just misdemeanors - all committed in Florida.

His classmates took to social media, writing that he had been known to misbehave.

"In the dorm, just very rebellious. Didn't want to follow dorm rules," said Gwen Johnson, a former "dorm parent" (Residence Assistant) at MSD.

They are still looking for additional suspect information. Anyone with information please call police. Additional arrests are possible in this case.

27-year-old Rafael Thompson was found dead in his car on University Blvd near Natchez Railroad Street in Jackson.

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“My son, he was the best," said Rafael's Mom, Marry Harrington. "He had a big heart, he loved everybody and everybody loved him.”

Thompson's mom and more than a dozen other loved ones fought back tears as they stood at the site where died. They wanted to remember a life that say was cut short due to senseless violence.

Thompson moved to Jackson from Louisville, Mississippi and attended the Mississippi School for the Deaf and went on the Hinds Community College. He then landed a job at Goodwill in Jackson.

Tuesday, he was found dead inside his car with multiple gunshot wounds. His brother still remembers hearing the heartbreaking news.

“I can still feel the pain," said Rafael’s brother Rickey Edwards. "It feels like it took half of me with him. A hurting pain.”

Bett Jones says was another dorm parent at MSD while Thompson went to school.

She describes him as a nice man who was always smiling.

"Please pray for Rafael Thompson's family," Jones said in a statement. "Rafael, you will be very missed, and not forgotten."

"Oh my God, he was a wonderful kid," added Johnson.

Other people from MSD sent statements as well, talking about how much Thompson used to brighten their days with jokes and hugs.

"I miss his big smile and laugh. He's so nice and always gave me big hugs - I miss him so much," said Nikki Matthews, one of Thompson's classmates.

Kiara Brown, another classmate, chimed in as well: "He was a sweet person who helped people. He's my classmate. I'll miss him always."

Anthony Watson, a friend of Thompson's, posted a video to Facebook speaking in sign language, which Johnson was able to translate.

 "I really don't know what to say about what has happened. The deaf community's heart is hurting," Watson signed.

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The family’s pastor as well as Thompson’s cousin, who graduated college Saturday, is left wondering why someone would want to take their loved one's life.

“The most disappointing about it is Rafael was deaf, but a special guy," said family Pastor Cedric Wooten. "He always had a smile on his face and didn’t mean no one in this world any harm. And for something like that to happen to one of God's children, it really breaks my heart.”

“He was the first person who taught me how to do sign language, so that's just how we connected,” said Rafael's cousin Brittany Coleman.

As a sea of colorful balloons went up in Rafael's honor, his mom and heartbroken friends and family pray the public and police will find his killer or killers.

“This kind of stuff needs to stop," said Rafael’s mom. "We need justice around here because my son didn't deserve what he got. It was torture."

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