(Tunica, MS) A Tunica mother who witnessed her son’s brutal murder is terrified her other son is next.
Seventeen-year-old Donterrius Jackson was shot and killed last month, reportedly by his classmate.
“He was looking forward to graduation,” said Cassandra Odie.
Odie said it’s been hard to heal.
Jackson was like family to her, and his murder destroyed her.
Now, Odie is afraid for Jackson’s little brother and 1-year-old daughter.
“A continuation of threats. They haven’t even given the mother a chance to grieve properly,” said Odie.
Seventeen-year-old Cortez Bass was charged with Jackson’s murder and cyberstalking him last month.
Jackson’s mother, Linda, said Bass posted death threats on her son’s Facebook page since September.
She told deputies, but said nothing was done until it was too late.
Deputies said she reported it two times, and they arrested Bass for cyberstalking.
He spent time in the juvenile center.
Now, Linda Jackson said Bass’s family members are posting threats on her younger son’s Facebook, and they waved guns outside her home.
She said she let deputies know, but said she’s afraid history will repeat itself.
“She feels threatened right now for her life and for her children’s life. That’s why she’s not here right now. She’s threatened for her life,” said Odie.
Deputies said since the new threats were reportedly made, Jackson’s family has been to their office to tell them what happened, but they never filed an official report.
“It’s not a matter that we don’t care or we are unconcerned. Something like this affects the community as a whole. It’s going to take all of us to get this problem solved,” said Commander Cedric Davis.
“There’s no justification. No excuse to why they are not doing their job,” said Odie.
Friends and family said they just want time to grieve for the 17-year-old they loved so much.
Bass is being held on a $1 million bond for murder. No bond has been set for his cyberbullying charge.
His family told WREG Bass couldn’t have made online threats, because he doesn’t have access to the internet.
Jackson’s family said their son’s memorial was vandalized Tuesday night, and they are going to file an official report Wednesday.
They also said they are meeting with the Attorney General later this month.