Cousins killed in Lincoln County shooting laid to rest - - Jackson, MS

Cousins killed in Lincoln County shooting laid to rest

Austin Edwards (Source: Family) Austin Edwards (Source: Family)
Jordan Blackwell (Source: Family) Jordan Blackwell (Source: Family)
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LINCOLN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Two cousins shot to death Memorial Day weekend were laid to rest in the city of Brookhaven Saturday.

Seventeen-year-old Jordan Blackwell and 11-year-old Austin Edwards were among the eight-people killed in Lincoln County.

The rampage began with a call of a domestic dispute and 35-year-old Willie Corey Godbolt is behind bars charged with the murders.

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“I have a praise on the inside,” said relative Keith Edwards.  

Saturday’s funeral was more like a celebration of life at Alexander Junior High School in Brookhaven.  

Relatives, friends, classmates and community members packed the school to say goodbye to Austin and Jordan.

“I baptized these boys," said Rev. Eugene Edwards. "I know they confessed Jesus as their savior. I know they were saved.”

The two boys were cousins and popular in their community. Eleven-year-old Austin was known for his kind words and smile.

"If you knew Austin, you had to love him," said his uncle.

Seventeen-year-old Jordan was known for his talent and academic excellence on and off the football field at Brookhaven High. His coach and teammates talked about his dedication during three-hour service.

"This past week, Jackson State had offered Jordan a scholarship," said Coach Tommy Clapton. "He was going to do whatever it took to win."

The two cousins were gunned down during a Memorial Day Weekend shooting spree that left eight people dead in Lincoln County.

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Rev. Shon Blackwell, the father of Jordan, fought back tears as he eulogized his son and nephew Austin. He told the crowd of mourners they must forgive and pray for their loved one's alleged murderer.

“The devil meant it for bad, but I came to tell you today that the Lord meant it for good,” said Blackwell.

As pallbearers carried out the two boys' caskets, grieving loved one said although they are gone, their memories will live on in the community.

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