TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Families are dealing with the impacts of recent violence in Tupelo. The killings of Robben Wilson, Norahs Coleman and Jessica Pannell last weekend came as a shock for Angela Pannell, Jessica's aunt. Angela said she spent the day at the family home, thinking about the joy that Jessica brought to many people.
“That’s what we’ve been doing all morning, looking at pictures and videos," said Angela. "Just trying to keep her alive with us in this moment.”
21-year old Jessica Pannell died after someone shot her late Saturday night in the 200 block of Maynard Drive.
Angela Pannell had just joined her family for a trip to the water park, just hours before the shooting.
“She just had this angelic glow about her Saturday that was unusual. We all talked about how radiant she looked that day, she just looked beautiful," said Angela.
Pannell said faith in God will help the family get through this tough time.
“For such a person that makes a family thrive- to be taken away from you, it’s almost taking a toll on us," said Angela. "At the same time, she’s our angel.”
Angela encouraged anyone with information on what happened to go to law enforcement and said the senseless violence in the city needs to stop.
“We’ll get over this hump. But, it didn’t have to be," said Angela.
Angela sent her condolences to the Wilson and Coleman family who are also coping with the loss.