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UPDATE:Mississippi State student killed in overnight Cotton District shooting, four suspects arrested

STARKVILLE, MISS– Joseph Tillman of Schlater was killed in a shooting in the Cotton District, said officials with Mississippi State. Starkville Police Department have confirmed the arrests of four individuals connected to that shooting. 

20-year old Jaylen M. Barker has been charged with murder with a bond of $1,000,000. 22-year old Jamario Pippins, 16-year old Tyler Harris, and 19-year old Brandon Sherrod were charged with murder, as an accessory, each with a bond of $500,000. All arrestees are from Columbus/Lowndes County. All were transported to the Oktibbeha County Jail and have initial Municipal Court appearances on Monday, November 7, 2016, at 6:00 P.M.

Police believe a robbery was taking place when Tillman was killed.

An autopsy will be performed on Tillman Monday, but his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Sid Salter, Chief Communications Officer and Director of the Office of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University, tweeted about the shooting on Sunday.


The shooting took place in the Cotton District off campus, therefore Mississippi State University Police are not investigating. Local media reported that a possible motive is still being investigated. News Mississippi will continue to update this story.

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