- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The shooting death of a Natchez teenager one week ago has sparked a plea by community leaders for an end to youth violence.

The Natchez Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1xEXTVU ) that 16-year-old Jessie Taylor was shot late last Sunday after an alleged synthetic marijuana purchase turned into an armed robbery. He died early Monday.

Natchez Alderman Ricky Gray said everyone in the community needs to try to come up with a way to address the issues.

Gray said the main issue is how teens in the community are acquiring firearms used in crimes.

John Hudson, who recently retired as Adams County Court Judge after 31 years, said changing the mentality of young people regarding firearms could be an important first step.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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