Teen sacrificed his life protecting his cousin


Jordan Blackwell, an 18-year-old Mississippi teen, shielded his 15-year-old cousin from bullets when a family friend, now accused of killing eight people, including a sheriff’s deputy, forced his way into their Brookhaven home Sunday.

The home was the second of three stops in a mass-murder spree that left eight people dead and ended with the arrest of Willie Cory Godbolt, 35, of Bogue Chitto, Miss.

The situation that resulted in the death of Jordan Blackwell began when his mother, Tiffany Blackwell, received a call from her best friend in the middle of the night saying that her estranged husband had come over.

“When she called me she told me something had happened and somebody had gotten shot, I told my husband and my sister and my other friend who was here, ‘I need to go be with (her),’ ” Tiffany Blackwell said.

So Tiffany Blackwell left her house with her husband, Shon Blackwell, the cousin’s mother, and another friend to go about 10 miles south to Bogue Chitto, Miss. They left several children ages 3-21 in the house.

Following their departure, shots were fired at lock on the door to the Blackwells’ home, sending bullets, metal shards and glass flying.

At the time, Jordan Blackwell was walking down the hall, talking to his girlfriend on FaceTime. His cousins Caleb Edwards, 15, and Austin Edwards, 11, were in the living room, and Caleb hid behind a large chair.

The gunman forced his way into the house and Caleb recognized him as Godbolt. Godbolt aimed his gaze at Jordan Blackwell who was protecting Caleb with his body.

“Where’s your mama and daddy?” Godbolt asked.

“They’re in Bogue Chitto,” Jordan said.

Then Godbolt shot him, according to Caleb who said his brother Austin was also shot and killed.

After Godbolt left, “I tried to wake them up and they wouldn’t answer,” Caleb said. “Then I went to my brother and tried to wake him up and he wouldn’t wake up.”

Jordan Blackwell was a rising high school senior and a talented linebacker. He had caught the interest of several colleges, and was particularly excited about a potential offer from Jackson State University.

Trace Clopton, who played football with Jordan Blackwell, said of his friend, “He was always thinking of others. He was selfless.”

Watch an interview with the gunman in the video below.


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