Family of mother and daughter killed by officer want police tracked

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After two years and two lives lost, family and friends said they have been waiting too long for something to be done.

Delois Epps and her 13-year-old daughter, Mackayla Ross, were killed by an officer speeding through the streets at the intersection of Crump and Walnut.

People who knew the mother and daughter said there needs to be a way to track officers on patrol so they know someone is watching them.

“And it’s a day don’t go by that I don’t miss her. I wake up every morning with her on my heart and on my mind,” Linda Walker said.

The second anniversary of the crash is this week.

Epps and Ross were killed by former Memphis police officer Alex Beard in the wreck.

Beard was driving 90 miles per hour with no lights or siren.

“I’m still feeling a whole lot of hurt,” Michael Ross said.

Ross lost his family the day of the crash and continues waiting for Mayor AC Wharton to keep his promise.

“I’m still just at a loss for words because I saw on the news the other night where they still haven’t put the tracking devices in the cars yet,” Ross explained.

For two years, the city told WREG they were researching a tracking system that would include dashboard cameras.

However, last week the task appeared to be too overwhelming.

Mayor Wharton said the city was just beginning the process of getting an outside company to pick out the system for the city.

While Ross is glad the ball has started to roll, he said it has taken too long to get to this point.

As the weight of the deaths sit heavy on family and friends’ hearts, they released balloons into the air hoping something is done before a another tragedy happens.

The former officer who killed the mother and daughter served six months and is out of prison.

The family believes Beard only got a slap on the wrist.


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