Family seeks answers for 2016 killing

Published 12:13 am Friday, March 24, 2017


NATCHEZ — The family of a Natchez man shot to death on St. Catherine Street last year is searching for answers to why no arrests have been made in the case.

Anthony Haywood, 30, was shot and killed while driving down St. Catherine Street on June 20, 2016, after someone fired multiple rounds into his vehicle.

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Relatives of Haywood say they are dissatisfied with the lack of the progress made in the investigation.

Haywood’s mother, Lisa Haywood, said she thinks her son’s killer should have been apprehended by now.

“They have all the evidence they need, and they haven’t made any arrests,” she said. “This is not the only case either. The police department is just doing a poor job.”

Haywood’s family members said they have tried to assist the investigation by providing any information they hear and even went so far as to follow a vehicle suspected to have been used in the crime and call in the tag number to police.

“I feel like they are not doing their job, and they just don’t care about finding who did it,” said Ashley White, Haywood’s sister.

NPD Lt. Kenneth Stampley said the police department has worked diligently to follow any leads it gets in the case. The lead about the vehicle did not pan out, Stampley said.

Security footage taken from area businesses shows a vehicle in the area, but does not show the shooting.

“The video runs out before the shooting happened,” Stampley said. “We can’t arrest someone on that.”

The police department identified potential witnesses who were outside in the area of the shooting, but Stampley said the witnesses are not cooperating.

“The witnesses, we feel, were right there, but they told us flat out that they’re not going to talk to us,” he said. “We feel that the witnesses are afraid of retaliation, and that’s the reason they are not coming forward.

“Anyone who knows anything at all, we would really appreciate it if they contacted us.”

Haywood’s family pleads that anyone with information about the shooting come forward.

“There are people out there who know what happened,” said Keysha Glover, Haywood’s cousin.

The investigation has brought back painful and familiar memories for Glover whose brother was shot and killed at the Starlight Lounge in 1998. Police never found his killer.

“We never got justice for him, and now, we’re not getting the help we need for my cousin,” Glover said.

Anyone with information about Haywood’s death should contact Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000.

Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

Calls are anonymous.