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A police officer killed on obligation in Mississippi earlier this thirty day period is becoming remembered there and in his Alabama hometown as a particular person keen to serve any group exactly where he labored.
A memorial provider was held Thursday in Meridian, Mississippi, for Meridian Police Officer Kennis Croom, who was shot to loss of life June 9 when responding to a domestic violence simply call in that city. He was meant to be off do the job that day.
A funeral took area Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, exactly where Croom grew up. WBRC-Television noted that mourners packed the health club at Shelton State Neighborhood Faculty.
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Croom, 30, was killed when responding to a call where a female, Brittany Jones, was shot to death. Her fiance, former Newton, Mississippi, law enforcement officer Dante Marquez Bender, was arrested June 10 in Ackerman, Mississippi, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) north of Meridian.
Meridian Law enforcement Department Sgt. Tavaras Smith explained officers “labored nonstop” until finally they found and arrested Bender.
“It was an honor to position officer Croom’s cuffs on that matter and help Croom in producing his final arrest,” Smith reported.
Prior to doing the job in Meridian, Croom had been a law enforcement officer in Tuscaloosa and at agencies in Mississippi. He worked at sheriff’s departments in Hinds and Lauderdale counties and police departments in Brookhaven and Jackson, the Meridian Star described.
“Every group that he worked in, Croom took that neighborhood as if it was his have,” reported Jackson Police Section Cpl. Daniel Speeding. “It didn’t matter where he landed, he usually cared for the citizens.”
Croom was the father of a few young children.
“We’re heading to definitely overlook him. From the smile, the jokes he designed with all the officers. But we have terrific lasting reminiscences of Officer Croom,” claimed Meridian Police Main Deborah Naylor-Young.
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Croom was the son of former Tuscaloosa City Clerk Tracy Croom and the Rev. Kelvin Croom, now the senior pastor at the city’s School Hill Baptist Church, the Tuscaloosa News claimed. Kelvin Croom performed football for the College of Alabama in the 1970s.
Kennis Croom was the nephew of Sylvester Croom, who also performed football for Alabama in the 1970s and in 2004 turned the very first Black head soccer coach in the Southeastern Conference when he was employed by Mississippi Condition University.
The Croom Family Foundation is a charity that aids younger individuals in western Alabama.
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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, who when served as a member of the state Property of Reps, thanked the Croom family for their group management.
“It did not surprise me when I acquired that Kennis’ tragic incident transpired on his working day off,” Merrill reported. “Who else but a Croom would be operating on his day off to test and assistance somebody?”