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Hattiesburg Native Shot To Death

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - While everyone else is celebrating our nation's Independence on this 4th of July, one Hattiesburg family is mourning the death of a loved one.


"I can still remember this beautiful smile that she carried," the victim's cousin, Reginald Warnsley said.


"Not a day that went by that I did not talk to my sister...I talked to her on the day of her death, I don't understand why somebody would do that to her," the victim's sister, Markitta Scott recalled.


At around two o'clock yesterday, authorities say 27-year-old, Courtney Cooke was found on Natchez-Trace Parkway in her car unresponsive.


"It was multiple gunshot wounds, and she has been taken for an autopsy," said Leake County Sheriff, Greg Waggoner.


Cooke's family says she was born in Hattiesburg but moved to Carthage with her mother and stepfather to start a new life for she and her one-year-old daughter, Ivy. 


"She was like if anything ever happened to me, ya'll make sure that Ivy is taken care of. I didn't know...I didn't know that was going to be my last talk with her," Scott said.


County officials are looking into the final moments of her life, and who she interacted with on the job at Handy Stop.


"She loved this store and she always smiled and did a great job," Boyd Burns, Handy Stop Co-Owner said.


The search for answer's in Cooke's death continues.



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