A 6-year-old Jackson boy was found shot to death in the back seat of a car that was stolen from the I-55 Kroger store parking lot early Thursday morning.
The car was stolen with the victim, Kingston Frazier, sitting in the back seat by himself.
One suspect is in custody, and authorities are searching for a second suspect.
2:42 p.m. update:
The second person of interest, DeAllen Washington, is in custody, according to law enforcement.
12:18 p.m. update:
After hearing that Kingston had been killed, family and friends reacted to the news.
Remembering Kingston, his uncle, David Archie said, "Kington was all outgoing…He didn’t want to be serious about anything."
"He just liked to have a lot of fun. He was dedicated to his uncles, to his aunties and anytime he saw any of them he would take off running to them, no matter where. If he was at my house or one of the other uncle’s or aunt’s house, he doesn’t want to go home with mom because he knows that we’re going to baby him and we’re going to have fun. Since the day he was able to talk he was like that. Just a great, great, 6-year-old who we just can’t imagine that something like this would happen, that people would have in their heart to do that to a 6-year-old. Even if I was mad at the world, I couldn’t do this to a 6-year-old…to me, it’s hatred. There is nothing out there worth taking a 6-year-old’s life."
HIs great aunt, Velma Eddington, said the family appreciated the outpouring of support but said the child's death was the result of "evil."
"Everyone that was praying for us, that we would find Kingston alive, we want to thank everybody for that, but this is, really, this is, it’s hard to know that people out there are evil, that would kill a child," she said. "That’s evil. That baby hadn’t done anything to him. That baby hadn’t done nothing. They could have left that child on that backseat, asleep. They didn’t have to kill him. Those people are evil. Evil. They need to find that other one before we find him…it’s evil what they did."
David Archie said the family was committed to helping police find those responsible for Kington's death.
"I can tell you this, we won’t rest until they’re brought to justice," he said. "You can believe that."
11:32 a.m. update:
A person of interest in the death of Kingston Frazier, 6, is in custody. Dwan Wakefield is in the custody of the Madison County Sheriff's Dept. Authorities are also searching for DeAllen Washington in connection to the case.
10:35 a.m. update:
Authorities confirm that 6-year-old Kingston Frazier was found dead in Madison County.
Officials said Kingston died from a gunshot wound while sitting in the backseat of the vehicle.
10:05 a.m. update:
Reports say that 6-year-old Kingston Frazier and the stolen vehicle were recovered in Gluckstadt. His condition is not known.
10 a.m. update:
The family of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier says he was found in Greenwood. His condition is not known.
9:47 a.m. update:
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has canceled the Amber Alert issued earlier for 6-year-old Kingston Frazier. No details were given.
An Amber Alert was issued Thursday morning after a car was stolen from a grocery store parking lot with a child inside.
Authorities are looking for a 2000 silver or gray Toyota Camry taken from the Kroger parking lot on Interstate 55 with 6-year-old Kingston Frazier was inside. The boy was last seen wearing a white tank top with khaki shorts and black and gold Jordan shoes.
The license plate on the Toyota Camry is HYX 783.
Jackson police chief Lee Vance held an emotional press conference Thursday morning, asking whoever has Kingston to bring him home.
"Just drop him off at the store," Vance pleaded, emphasizing the desperation of the situation.
According to the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, the child's mother, Ebony Archie, left her Camry running with Kingston inside.
David Archie, Ebony Archie’s uncle, said Kingston was sleeping in the car when his mother went inside the store.
Within a short time, two men in a two-door Honda Civic pulled up and the passenger jumped in Archie’s car with the child inside. Both vehicles sped away. Authorities are searching for a 2014 Honda Civic Coupe with license plate MDV 361 with a dent on the rear passenger side.
Hinds County, JPD and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are working the case.
“When a child is taken, we pull all resources available to us. This is the type call that hits home with every officer involved," said Major Pete Luke.
“This is a very emotional time for everyone and we ask the public’s help to bring Kingston home."
David Archie begged for his nephew’s safe return.
“We’re just asking, regardless of who you are, what you are and where you are, if you could just return the child. Leave him somewhere, find a way to get him to a store, to a gas station, to a restaurant, Wal-Mart, anywhere people are and just drop him off.”
“He doesn’t even know what was going on,” David Archie said. “We just want a safe return of the child, this 6-year-old child shouldn’t be, of course, caught up in this matter of stealing a vehicle.
“This is a 6 year old innocent child and, at the end of the day, regardless of how and what took place, that is the only thing that we’re concerned about at the moment.”