The mothers, aunts and sisters of three Mississippi men who were buried in unmarked graves without their families being notified are calling on officials for answers.
Marrio Moore, 40, Jonathan Hankins, 39, and Dexter Wade, 37, were buried in the Hinds County Pauper’s Field without their families’ knowledge. Each man was reported missing, but it took months — and for Hankins, over a year — for them to find out.
The families did not know what had happened until NBCNews.com reporters broke the news.
“People all across America are scratching their heads in disbelief about what’s happening in Jackson, Mississippi, with this paupers graveyard. It went from talking about the water to now we’re talking about the graveyard, what is going on in Jackson, Mississippi?” said national civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, referring to the water crisis the city experienced in 2022.
Crump, along with attorney Dennis Sweet, a Jackson native, are representing the families. A press conference was held at the Stronger Hope Baptist Church in Jackson on Wednesday where the families pleaded for city and county officials to explain why they weren’t notified. They also want to know why the deaths of each man weren’t properly investigated by the Jackson Police Department.
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A further report from NBC News provided a list of names of 215 people who were buried in the same pauper’s field where Moore, Hankins and Wade were. This may lead to even more families joining Crump and Sweet. Two more families who weren’t notified could also be