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Crime Stoppers to offer $2500 reward for information on Canton murder

Published: May. 29, 2021 at 10:53 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:35 PM CDT
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CANTON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Madison County Sheriff’s Department needs your help locating the person(s) responsible for the murder of a Canton man.

Deputies say Amelio Garcia Perez was killed on May 29 in the West Side Trailer Park in Canton.

Perez’s murder is linked to the robberies of three Hispanic homes that happened the same day.

Residents claim two black men dressed in all black with guns showed up, robbed, and assaulted three Hispanic families at their homes.

They say the men robbed and killed 41-year-old Perez as he headed to work.

“He was getting ready to go to work because he’s a working man, and next thing you know, he was shot and dead,” said Gloria Martinez, a family member of the shooting victim.

The family has now created a makeshift memorial to remember their loved one.

“He was a nice man; he was a good man. He helped whoever needed to be helped, and for them go to kill them after they got the wallet and the money — it’s like they did it on purpose.”

Family and friends say they worry because the suspects are still on the run.

The violence against Hispanic Americans in Canton is not new by any means.

“We just want to feel secure in our own home; that’s all we ask.”

Frustration and anger could be heard as these Canton residents talk about the tragedy in their community.

“What we want to see is the mayor do something about it,” said Martinez. “The mayor and the chief need to do a lot more for the Hispanic Community, so they can have some more security. They can’t even go outside in the trailer park, and they can’t go outside without fearing someone is going to go up to shoot them and kill them.”

The deadly shooting and string of robberies follow the December fatal shootings of a brother and his pregnant sister in the Latino community in Canton. 

There still have been no arrests made in that case.

“There are a lot of people of in the Hispanic Community who says they can’t say anything because they are afraid. So, most of them keep quiet because they are illegal, and they see nothing done. It happens on and on,” said A Canton resident.

Anyone with information that leads to an arrest could be eligible for a $2,500 reward.

Please contact Crime Stoppers at (601) 355- 8477 or submit a tip by going to www.p3tips.com.

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