CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - “Write that I wanted to fight, wanted to live, no one thought of what I wanted."
That's a piece of a poem that Gennella Graham wrote about her relative William Roy Prather, on what he still wanted for his life before a fatal Halloween night.
Graham, an English teacher at Corinth High School, just learned last year from her aunt that she was related to Prather.
“I asked her about this murder and she said yeah that’s your cousin," Graham shared. "I was shocked because I never heard anything about him growing up.”
According to investigators' interviews with witnesses, a group of white teens drove through a black neighborhood, got a shotgun then returned to the black part of town, where Jerry Darnell Glidewell shot Prather.
Glidewell, then 16, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case. WTVA stopped by his home, where family said he has cancer and right now has no comment on the case.
Glidewell spoke to other media outlets on the phone, saying that "it's all over with" and that he hadn't heard any more on the case.
In the meantime, Graham says the revisiting of the shooting is a step in the right direction.
“The fact that they may be re-opening this case proves that this man was alive at one time and he had a life and he was important to someone.”
A U.S Justice Department letter said no federal charges could be brought in the killing of William Prather, based on laws in 1959.
It said "the only possible prosecution" would be for the state to bring unspecified charges against one suspect who was 18 at the time of the crime.
WTVA reached out to District Attorney John Weddle, but has yet to hear back.