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UPDATE: Authorities identify body found near Vicksburg railroad track

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Sunday, around 3:00 p.m. family members and police found the body of 28-year-old Eddie James Burns lying in a grassy area near the railroad track off Court Street.

Burns had been reported missing around 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. 

Family members told police that Burns left his home around 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, and didn’t return home, which family members said was unusual.

So they, along with police, started looking for him in an area of town which he generally hung out and later found him.

"I have seen the young man Eddie coming backwards and forth this way, but he pretty much walks to himself and everything," said Sandra Atkins, a crossing guard who's worked in the area for 21 years, who described Burns' habits of walking by the railroad tracks as "routine".

Burns appeared to have suffered a deadly gunshot wounds to his head.

"People in this area knew him, so why would anybody hurt him, knowing the type of person he was?" wondered Atkins.

Vicksburg Police are asking for the public’s help identifying Eddie James Burns’ killer.

If you have information concerning this homicide please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-8477 or go online.

"People are so eager to hurt one another. It's just time to pray. There's just so much violence in the world," added Atkins.

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