Talk to police if you have info

Published 9:54 pm Saturday, July 16, 2016

It’s been a year now since a 43-year-old mother was gunned down in her home on Vivian Merritt Street, and to our knowledge there’s been no arrest in the case.

That’s a tough reality, not only for the family of Bridget Hall, but also for the neighborhood and surrounding community.

Knowing a murderer could still be in our midst is unnerving. That the killing happened so close to Mamie Martin Elementary School makes the entire situation that much more troubling.

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Police Chief Bobby Bell has pleaded with the public to come forward if they have information about the case. We’ll do the same. If you’ve heard something, or know something, please call police.

We assume this crime is the top priority at the police department, but Bell and his department need the community’s help.

We’ve heard from some in the community that a reward may be necessary to get those with information to talk. Those folks have even said they would donate to a reward fund. If that’s what it takes to get people talking, then the police department should create such a fund.

If the department needs help to fund such an effort, we’ll gladly help get the word out. We’ll gladly help raise funds if needed.

Until individuals are willing to talk to police, this murder will likely remain unsolved. Anyone with information can also call Crimestoppers at 601-823-0150.

Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

Portions of this editorial were originally published immediately following Hall’s death.