Arrest made after 2 women killed at Rainbow Motel in Jackson

Published: Jan. 23, 2022 at 8:35 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2022 at 11:46 AM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Late Sunday evening, Jackson police responded to gun shots that came from room 123 at the Rainbow Motel. Chief James Davis says everyone involved knew one another.

“It’s very unfortunate because that was an interpersonal situation where an individual rented a room, two young ladies inside the room, and he took their lives,” he said.

According to JPD, two women, ages 20 and 21, had been shot multiple times by 38-year-old Jermaine Darnell White.

Deputy Chief Deric Hearn says White and the woman had spent the day together, prior to the killing.

“He had spent the day with these females. They had been using drugs throughout the day and at the end, these two females lost their lives.”

White was arrested at the motel Sunday night and has been charged with 2 counts of murder. The women’s names have not been released because their families have yet to be informed.

The deaths bring Jackson to eight homicides, with three of them involving women at a motel or hotel - and Hearn says, at one time, this would have been unimaginable.

“It use to be where a female or a child would not be harmed by anyone, but, unfortunately, this time and season that we’re living in, they have no respect for a person,” he said.

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says there has been discussion among city leaders on what they should do to help prevent motel killings from happening in the future.

However, Lumumba and Hearn both agree that JPD is already doing what they can to limit those events.

“We’re working together and that’s Operation Safe Inn and they are taking a look at any lodging that has demonstrated itself to be a problem of some sort, a public safety problem.”

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