Heartbreaking high school graduation video shows smiling teenager, 18, hours before she is gunned down outside Jackson gas station
- Kennedy Hobbs, 18, was fatally shot multiple times in Jackson, Mississippi
- The incident happened at around 10:45 pm on Tuesday evening
- Hobbs had graduated from Murrah High School on Tuesday morning
A high school student has been shot dead outside a gas station hours after graduating.
Video footage shows Kennedy Hobbs, 18, receiving her high school diploma on Tuesday morning, hours before she was killed.
Hobbs died at the scene after she was shot three times in Jackson, Mississippi.
The incident happened at around 10:45 pm on Tuesday evening at the Texaco gas station on Medgar Evers Boulevard near Sunset Drive.
This frame grab from video provided by Jackson Public School District shows Kennedy Hobbs, left, graduating from Murrah High School hours before her death
Hobbs had graduated from Murrah High School on Tuesday morning. Video of the ceremony livestreamed on Facebook shows she wore silver high heels and a blue cap and gown.
The death of Hobbs, who was the daughter of a faculty member in the district, has cast a shadow over the end of the school year ceremonies planned for the week.
The city was celebrating graduations at its seven high schools after a year marked by challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Multiple commencements were planned so the district could limit crowds and follow COVID-19 safety precautions.
Speaking to at Wednesday’s graduation ceremony after Hobbs’s death , Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Errick Greene said: ‘It really did hit a little differently.’
‘It was a little more timely and meaningful as I challenged them to look to the left and look to the right to realize that they may not see their classmates again.’
Police are now questioning witnesses who were at the scene at the time of the shooting.
The shooter fled the scene before officers arrived. It is unclear whether Hobbs was acquainted with her killer or what the motive for the shooting was.
Hobbs’ uncle, William Edwards, said her death had been ‘hard to process’.
Speaking to local station WAPT, he said: ‘I’ve never felt this way and I’m trying to understand it.’
Hobbs’ family say the teenagers boyfriend was killed in a shooting in April on Rose Street at Robinson Street.
It is unclear if the two shootings are related.
Mississippi’s capital saw a record number of homicides in 2020, with close to 130 killings in the city of about 161,000. Most were gun-related, according to law enforcement.
In 2021, the city is on track to surpass that milestone. As of the end of April, 50 people had been killed in Jackson.