MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – On New Years Day 2022, Shayquita Jackson woke up ready to spend the day with her family, especially her mother and brother.
“I just woke up knowing it’s New Years, I’m going to go out and see my family,” Shayquita Jackson said, “But I couldn’t see my brother at all that day.”
But she went looking for him. Throughout the day, Shayquita Jackson said, she couldn’t get rid of that nagging feeling that something was wrong with her brother, Daniel Jackson.
“So I ended up walking down South Court Street and saw all these people because there was a party going on,” Jackson said.
A New Year’s party. Shayquita Jackson’s brother, D-Lock, often hung out in this area of Court Street. A part of the city known for crime and violence.
Shayquita Jackson said they were worried about him.
“We all worried about him,” she said, “We knew it wasn’t best for him.”
This brotherly intuition led her to South Court Street that day. After she left, Shayquita Jackson returned to a friend’s house and her phone started ringing.
“There was this Facebook Live video,” Shayquita Jackson said, “That’s how we found out about him and the shooting. We found out about it on Facebook.
Shayquita Jackson discovered that as the cheers and fireworks rang out on New Years Day, there were gunshots on Court Street and the victim was her brother. The 31-year-old was shot dead around 10 p.m., just days after his birthday.
“It was New Years and I couldn’t see my brother. I couldn’t talk to him. Tell her I love her,” Shayquita Jackson said.
Montgomery police are actively investigating and have released new photos of two vehicles that may have been involved in the murder. The police are asking the public to provide information relating to the case.
Roosevelt “YunRo” Williams, a local artist and activist, works to make a difference and end the violence in Montgomery.
“I remember that day, that shooting. Starting the year with a homicide is something that doesn’t have to happen, and that should say a lot in the community,” Williams said. “We need more people involved, more boots on the ground, to stop this violence before it even starts.”
For Shayquita Jackson, she wants people to know that she will fight for justice for her brother.
“I know someone knows something,” she said. “I want justice for my brother. I want justice for my family.
Central Alabama CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for Jackson’s murder.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Montgomery Police or Crimestoppers at 215-STOP.
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