17th Update: Mississippi Teenager Burned Alive Dec 13, 2014 20:29:53 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Dec 13, 2014 20:29:53 GMT -5
Teenage Girl Burned Alive in Mississippi
COURTLAND, Miss. – There is an all-out hunt for the killer, or killers, who set 19-year-old Jessica Chambers and her car on fire Saturday, December 6, in what authorities are calling a gruesome murder. The teenager was transported tot he hospital, where she died the following day.
Now, security footage taken from a gas station near the location where the Mississippi teen was found burning alive could hold the key to the case. Authorities are currently examining the footage, however, no suspects or motive have been identified, Panola County District Attorney John Champion said Wednesday.
Ali Fadhel, a clerk at the convenience store/gas station, told police the teen was a frequent visitor and they talked often. She always put $5 worth of gas in her car. However, on the date of her murder, she had a $14 tab. “I asked her, ‘Why are you putting so much gas?’ She said, ‘I’m going somewhere,’” Fadhel said. According to Fadhel, as she was leaving the store, she told him she was going to make a stop on the way home. Then, she received a call on her cell phone, came back inside and purchased a pack of cigarettes.
According to authorities, about half-an-hour later, she was found along a back road with her body almost completely burned. She was barely able to talk, but reports are she provided police information about her attacker. When first responders arrived at the scene, Chambers reportedly uttered a few words that might lead detectives to the murderer. Police have not disclosed what Chambers said – or tried to say.
Investigators are hoping the teen’s final words will lead them to the person who poured an accelerant down her throat before lighting her on fire in a crime that has stunned the small Mississippi community of 460. Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby confirmed Chambers died after she was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire on a road in Courtland.
Her father believes his daughter named her killers. “They squirted lighter fluid down her throat and in her nose, and apparently they knocked her out,” her father, Ben Chambers, told WDBD News. “She had a big gash on top of her head. When the fire department got there, she was walking down the road on fire ... only part of her body that wasn’t burned was the bottom of her feet,” Chambers, a maintenance worker at the sheriff’s department, added. “She told them, she told them, told him who done it.”
Amanda Prince, who identified herself as Jessica Chambers’ sister, said the family is “shocked, lost ... confused, angry, hurt. I have so many questions, I want to know why.” She described Jessica, a former cheerleader, as very athletic, outgoing and loved by everyone. The murdered girl had just graduated high school and was about to begin her life as a nurse, dentist or writer, her sister said. “She was happy all the time. She made everyone laugh. She lit up a room ... She was just full of life.”
But Jessica’s friends are telling a different story. Theresa Fleming, a close friend, posted a photo on the internet of Jessica kissing a black man. There is also chatter among her friends that Jessica had relationships with multiple black males in the past year and that some of these relationships were abusive. One girl insisted her friend’s death was the result of “domestic violence.” Charlotte Wilkerson, an acquaintance, said she saw Jessica at a party the night she was killed.
DA Champion is expected to obtain Jessica’s cell phone records. He does not believe the attack was random because most female homicide victims are killed by a boyfriend or husband.
Watch video here: www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/27586665/cell-phone-evidence-expected-in-jessica-chambers-murder-investigation-no-arrests-made
Sources: WMC News, Fox News, Inquisitr and CNN.