A little after midnight on Sunday, a gunman entered a living room in Brookhaven, Mississippi where young people were playing video games. Caleb Edwards, 15, said the gunman demanded to know where his cousin's parents where, according to CBS News. Jordan Blackwell (pictured), 18, told the man that his parents were gone to another town. Blackwell and Edwards were cousins.
Upon hearing that, the man "just started shooting," Edwards said.
Blackwell used his own body to shield his cousin Caleb from the gunfire. Blackwell died in the shooting. He is being described as a talented linebacker, and a senior gearing up for college. Edward’s 11-year-old brother Austin Edwards was also killed.
"I played dead," Caleb Edwards told CBS affiliate WJTV. "Couldn't do nothing else I tried my best not to say nothing. I tried not to get up or fight back. I wanted to because that's my little brother over there getting shot. How do I not help my little brother and my cousin? He always had my back."
The teen told the Associated Press that he felt the force of the impact as Blackwell was shot.
"He loved me enough to take some bullets for me," he said.
One deputy sheriff was killed in the shooting. The other seven victims were all relatives or acquaintances of the accused shooter, Willie Corey Godbolt, 35. He will be charged with one count of capital murder and seven counts of first degree murder according to CBS.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation identified some of those killed as: Barbara Mitchell, 55; Brenda May, 53; Tocarra May, 35; Ferral Burage, 45; and Shelia Burage, 46; and deputy William Durr, 36. The parents of Austin Edwards and Jordan Blackwell identified their sons as the other two victims.
[Photosof Blackwell courtesy of NBC]