Murdered Valdosta DJ's Family Gets Support From Jesse Jackson

-- Valdosta, Ga. -- May 24, 2012 --

The murder of Stephon Edgerton, known as Juan Gotti, is now getting the attention of Reverend Jesse Jackson. Eyewitness News reporter Eames Yates spoke with the Edgerton family.

Hilda Edgerton's husband, Stephon, was shot to death in January of this year. He lived long enough to identify the killer as a white male. That's gotten the attention of reverend Jesse Jackson.

Jackson sent Edgerton a public letter urging law enforcement to do all they can to catch the killer. Edgerton shared some of that letter with WCTV.

The letter said "Mr. Edgerton was a husband, a father, whose family is entitled to answers. To closure and to simple justice. All life is precious and deserves to be protected. Signed Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Senior."

Although it's been a few months since Stephon's death, the loss is still fresh in the minds of his family.

His mom Juanita said "why would someone shoot him like an animal and just leave him? You know, it's just a cold, callous person that can do that."

The Edgerton's want justice. To accomplish this, they feel, it's necessary to classify the murder differently.

Hilda Edgerton said "there is a strong possibility that we can move this to a hate crime. And the FBI should, and shall, be involved in this case."

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the murder is urged to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.
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  • by Sandy Location: Georgia on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM
    Why does Jesse Jackson feel he has to remind the police to do their job? If he believes the police force to be incompetent or not pursuing the case based on racial motives, then let him come out and say that instead of this vague and insulting letter with its hint of impending melodrama. I'm getting real sick and tired of all of these "special interest" groups. There's so many of them, and all of them want resources and recognition. Whatever happened to the idea of equality? I guess it went the way of unbiased journalism.
  • by GBRhynes Location: Valdosta, GA on May 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    All deaths may not generate the same attention but all are important and if for whatever reason our civil, human, women, elderly, religious leaders and others fail come to our community when others die or mistreated. Then let our humanity to man and women reach out beyond our human failures that includes all of us. Then let us reside under the roof of loving and wanting for our neighbors the same things we want and have for oursleves. Moreover, for more video footage I invite you all to You Tube: bostongbr channel and see what was not reported to the generala public but that too need to be taken with a drain of salt and love. George Boston Rhynes, A concerned citizens and brother of all huanity.
  • by gop on May 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    WHERE WERE JACKSON AND SHARPTON AT WHEN THE BLACK MAN DIED AT FAMU THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN THEM PLENTY OF THE SPOTLIGHT
  • by CW Location: Tallahassee on May 27, 2012 at 06:07 PM
    Where was Jesse Jackson when Elijah James killed Danielle Brown or Javier ?? who killed Ashley - of course they were white victims with black killers. That doesn't count. If also doesn't count when young black men killed old white people. Leave Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton out of this - it was most likely drug related and while we are sorry for your family, everything that happens is not about race. By the way, Jesse and Al don't show up when it is black on black crime or murder. They are attention hounds and the only agenda they are pushing is their own fame.
  • by Family Location: Valdosta on May 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
    I am a very close family member.... and for all of you that have negative comments please keep them to yourself.... you do not know the pain we have been going through!!!!!!!! Get a life
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      by GV on May 28, 2012 at 06:26 AM in reply to Family
      Yeah we do know the pain they are going through.Do you think this is the first family to have a member killed?What is very painful is that other people DO know the pain they are going through,but you and this family don't seem to know what pain other families go through because for some reason this family thinks their situation deserves more attention than the other's.This family wants special treatment.This family wants it to be labeled a hate crime and they don't even have a suspect.What's makes this family so special?
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    people are so racist on here....get a life a real one
  • by Eric Location: Valdosta, GA on May 27, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    Mrs. Edgerton, With all due respect why does your family need help?If your husband was such a great father and husband where is life insurance money? Are u referring to monetary issues at all or just want publicity? I am confused by your agenda?
  • by GV Location: Ga on May 27, 2012 at 04:58 AM
    What happened to that janice poster?Seems she doesn't have much to say after setting the story straight with the commentors.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on May 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM
    do you know for a fact that he is a drug dealer? and why do most of you who comment here call every black person a thug? it's amazingly stupid to make such generalizations. but back to my point, if you know something about drug dealing and this person, i sure hope you have gone to law enforcement.
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      by Anonymous on May 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM in reply to
      no but statistics say I am right
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on May 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM
    was someone in your family murdered? why are you complaining about non-support? and please understand i am not criticizing (sorry for the misspelling) but asking.
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