March 6, 2022

Homicide victim found in Hazlehurst apartment complex parking lot

Therese Apel

A Hazlehurst man was found dead in an apartment parking lot Saturday night, according to authorities.

Copiah County Coroner Ellis Stuart said Malik-Desean Washington, 22, was shot and killed in Hazlehurst on Saturday evening. The apartments where Washington’s body was found are located at 511 West Gallatin Street.

Stuart said officials were only told of the death early Sunday. So far there’s no word on suspects or a motive.

Hazlehurst’s last homicide was that of 14-year-old Jamarion Williams, who was found shot in the head in an intersection. Some authorities believe Williams’ death is gang related.

If you know anything about this crime, please contact your local authorities, or call Crime Stoppers at (601) 355-TIPS (8477).

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