Father speaks out after daughter set on fire and killed

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COURTLAND, Miss. -- A family his planning their second child's funeral after a woman was killed.

Panola County deputies believe Jessica Chambers was set on fire and are investigating her death as a homicide.

"It's hard for me to talk," Ben Chambers said. "It's hard to breathe. You don't even think about--."

Most people do not think about losing a child the way Ben Chambers lost his.

"When the fire department got there they say she was on fire out in the road," Chambers recalled.

Jessica, who was 19-years-old, was burned.

"You couldn't recognize her because she was unrecognizable," Chambers described what he was told by doctors. "The doctor told us it wasn't nothing we can do you know she was burned 98% of her body."

Jessica died after being airlifted to Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

"They said that as far as they could tell like they squirted fluid down her throat and up her nose because it just burned her on the inside so bad," Chambers said.

The Panola County Sheriff told WREG a driver dialed 911 after passing Jessica on a rural road near Highway 51 on Saturday night around 8:00 p.m.

Authorities revealed the victim was found next to the burning car.

The car was taken to the Panola County Jail in Batesville and is covered in a blue tarp.

"She had a big gash in her head like they knocked her out," Chambers said.

Deputies were in the process of questioning people on Sunday.

The sheriff said deputies are on the lookout for two men they believe Jessica may have been with on Saturday night.

Chambers, who works as a mechanic for the Panola County Sheriff's Office, is looking for answers and calling for action against his daughter's killer.

"I want to see justice man," Chambers said. Justice you know?"

Chambers is also looking for a way to make it through the holidays without his little girl.

"I'll never have it back you know because of some evil person," Chambers explained.

Chambers lost his son in a horrific car accident a couple of years ago.


  • Buddy

    There really are no words for this. I would like to see justice and as swiftly as possible but, the main thing I think right now is that we should all pray very hard for this family. May God be with them and comfort them as only He can do.

  • Gary

    My first time commenting on CNN. A young beautiful girl brutally murdered and some of the comments are absolutely disgusting.
    If you don’t like what someone else posts, ignore them. Why feed the trolls or haters?

    R.I.P. Jessica

  • Mark

    If I were Jessica’s father, the killer had better be caught by the cops first or I’ll fry their butts like they did my daughter. No mercy either.

  • B. Dye

    Prayers to the family and friends of this beautiful young woman. This is heartbreaking. We live in an evil world today. So many young people losing their lives just when their lives are just beginning. Makes a person wonder if the extra gas she purchased was to be brought to a friend who led her to believe they ran out of gas, but then used to commit her murder. At that age you really truly don’t know who are trustworthy friends. RIP

  • Eric Krehemker

    I am a tolerant and I like to think peaceful man. But if I knew who did this and had the opportunity to do so, I would take a great deal of time and inflict as much pain on that person as they inflicted on Jessica. This sickens me, It is hard to believe what some human beings can do, and it is at its source complete evil. It is sickening and it must be stopped. I hope these cops are on top of it.

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