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Beating victim dies, murder charges expected for 2 men

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 12:00 am

FRIARS POINT –A Coahoma County man died Aug. 6 following injuries from a July 29 assault and robbery at his place of business.

At around 2:30 p.m. July 29, Gerald Simmons, owner of Friars Point Package Store, was attacked and robbed at the store by Brymon Hamp, 25, of Clarksdale, and Jerry Carr, 22, of Friars Point, according to information from the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department.

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  • anonymous posted at 9:05 am on Thu, Aug 26, 2010.

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    I just would like to thank you folks for all the kind words and memories. If you knew my father, then u never met a better person in ur life. He would give u his last watermelon and as many tomatoes as u could carry. He never made any money on the garden that my brother and him planted every year because he would rather see someone smile than take their money when it came to something to eat. My father has never harmed a soul in his 80 years on this earth. I miss my dad so much it hurts so bad. He always would praise me and tell me that there was nothing in this world I couldn't do and always told me how smart I was. (guess that is debatable) He always said it never cost anything to be kind and your manners would take you far in life. He was my inspiration in every way possible. He is/was my everything. I pray the judicial system works to every degree it should!I love you dad and miss you so much, I will see you one day again. I will never forget the promise I made you and I have never let you down and won't this time I assure you.C you one day DADlove jeff, jimmy, jean, billy, ruth, johnny, jan, jason, jordan, josh, jodie lynn, jeff II, justin, jacob, jade, john scott and delta rhea..and the many friends he had over the years.Thanks everyone of you for ur kind words and prayers and food, flowers, visits and deserts that were sent. May God Bless Each and Every One of YOU!!

  • anonymous posted at 4:04 am on Thu, Aug 26, 2010.

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    In reply to Wake-up Clarksdale. I am "Miss B" you are correct this is not Mr. Simmons Obituary, however the article was about a senseless kiliing, and as such the comments should be tailored to that. Not about someone spouting of their political views. There is a time and place for everything and my comments were about sticking to the topic of the article, not making it into a debate about and the state of the economy. So, here is more repetitive BS. BLUF learn to comment about the topic.Thank you"Miss B"

  • anonymous posted at 5:03 pm on Wed, Aug 25, 2010.

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    This is about the senseless murder that took place in FP they deserve 2 die just like they killed Mr. Simmons, BILL CATALINA IS MAKING THIS POLITICAL, ITS PLAIN AS DAY THAT YOU HATE OBAMA,DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU DID IN AFRICA YOU STILL CAN BE A RACIST, TALK POLITIC ELSE WHERE.

  • anonymous posted at 2:50 am on Wed, Aug 25, 2010.

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    To "DISBELIEF"You are on the wrong track as are "Miss B" and several others who posted their comments. AGAIN, as someone already pointed out this is NOT Mr Simmons Obituary this is the news story about the IDIOTS/THUGS/MURDERERS who took his life and the fact that because of the lack of "law and order" in Clarksdale, Friars Pt and the vicinity these spineless SOBs will most likely not get the punishment they deserve until they meet their maker. This article should be closed to further comment to prevent repetitive BS such as this. Thank you.

  • anonymous posted at 8:25 am on Sat, Aug 21, 2010.

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    To "Miss B and God Bless America", your comments covered everything necessary to keep the article in the right perspective. May the Simmons family find peace and strength during this difficult time in their lives.

  • anonymous posted at 10:08 am on Fri, Aug 20, 2010.

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    FYIJust a reminder to all that this particular article is "NOT" Mr Simmons obituary but the news article regarding his murderers. I don't think anyone was intentionally trying to disrespect his memory or that of his family by posting a comment on this article.

  • anonymous posted at 4:42 am on Fri, Aug 20, 2010.

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    To: Bill Catalina, its great to be a humanitarian and volunteering your services for the good of mankind. Traveling the continent of Africa teaches you nothing about the problem we have in this country of our ! This mess with the economy,health care,home forclosure and the iraq war and all the lives lost of so many young men and women, for what ? no nation has attack the USA, or has come to this Continent of our. The mess you're referring to was in motion before Prez.Obama took office and his Administration had taken seat over Congress, this was hand down by the Bush administration. Bill you never answer your own question ! are you ? as for the British and ect. governments taking over the African colonies that will never happen period. Bill, where were you and your opinions when Ex-Prez.Bush and Dick Cheney was in office ? on Weapons of Mess Destruction and 9/11? these terrorist was Schooled and Trained under the Bush administration and allowed into this country under his watch, Bill ! Ex-Prez.G.W.Bush was the worse American history. In other countries Bush is seen as a Terrorist. Bill you have the opinion of a Tea-Bagger party member (Republican) that's your right. Bill your own opinion is onesided ? yours ! Bill, radicals just have to blame somebody Huh! There is turnoil all over God's green earth, like in Isreal and the Gaza Strip, and Romania and Eastern Europe where people are in the same needs as in Africa, Bill just don't stop in Africa, you should've travel on to the upper continents of the Soviet Union also, Bill ! its the same all over this World of our, if you look at it. Its all about what the news media show us, Bill...God Bless America....

  • anonymous posted at 4:53 pm on Thu, Aug 19, 2010.

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    Mr. CatalinaYou're doing the same thing again, this is about the Simmons family tragedy. You're making it about you and your political views.The family is going through a very rough times and the post should be about the outrage at what was done. Talk politics some other time.Just a suggestion

  • anonymous posted at 4:42 am on Thu, Aug 19, 2010.

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    Apologies to the Simmons family for deflecting attention from their tragic loss. Comment to Bernie W. and Miss Cee. What did you two do in 2008? I spent 2008 flying for the UN World Food Program in Sudan. I flew throughout two bouts of Malaria, a difficult thing to do. I did it because I was needed to deliver Polio Vaccine. I've flown in T'Chad, Angola & South Africa. Have you been to Africa or are you just good at reading the newspapers & watching TV?Am I a racist Miss Cee? I've seen Africa that the tourists don't see. Have you? Do you even know where it is? It's not in South America. I can tell you this, that the REAL African people I know are longing for the return of the British, French & Belgian colonists that brought prosperity to their beloved continent. They are suffering now in massive corruption & civil unrest. I've seen it first hand & witnessed the tragedy. South Africa, the last country with any sort of promising future is quckly deteriorating with black rule.I don't want the same thing happening here with naive voters like you two esposing & praising the stupidity of Obama, Pelosi & Reid. They are destroying & will soon bankrupt our country if they aren't stopped in 2010 and 2012. Your naive thinking amazes me.

  • anonymous posted at 4:36 am on Thu, Aug 19, 2010.

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    To all you narrow minded folks most likely still living in Clarksdale. "Bernie": Still pointing fingers at Bush/Cheney? How very ignorant and clueless are you? "I Speak the Truth": Stupidity is what got Mr Simmons murdered and that is the epitome of those presently in control who are being referred to in Bill's comment! Do you get it now sir or ma'm? "Donald Savery Sr":You sir are clueless on many subjects and your comments bare no further discussion in my opinion. "Miss Cee":That would be your opinion and not shared by myself and I'm certain countless others.Wake up Clarksdale before more senseless murders are committed!!! Before you comment next, you all need to think outside the box.

  • anonymous posted at 9:30 am on Wed, Aug 18, 2010.

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    Bill, stupididty didn't get Obama elected. People who were wanting change got Obama elected. He is taking a lot of heat for this mess that the previous administration put us in. If you need help on who that was, it was George Bush and Dick Cheney. Enough of that, the real issue here is that an injustice was done and this was going on before Obama, Bush and many others. President Obama had nothing to do with this. God Bless you and may he provide you with the knowledge to see things as they really are.

  • anonymous posted at 7:25 am on Wed, Aug 18, 2010.

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    I thought this article was about Simmon's killling, Mr. Bill Catalina. My heart goes out to the Simmons. This a senseless crime. I believe everyone should work for what they want, instead of committing crimes as a shortcut. Mr. Bill Catalina is not a forum for your political views and this shows your stupidity. It took Geroge B ush 4 years to "mess up the enocomy and then the voters give him another 4 more years to make bigger mess. Back to Simmon's killing, i hope justice will be served to the highest. These crimes must stop.

  • anonymous posted at 5:47 am on Wed, Aug 18, 2010.

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    Bill Catalina. How are your comments related to this story? What does Obama, a Mosque at Ground Zero, Pelosi or Reed have to do with this?

  • anonymous posted at 2:14 pm on Tue, Aug 17, 2010.

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    I am glad to see other people remember the stupid things that are being done to help scum who do not deserve it.

  • anonymous posted at 12:07 pm on Tue, Aug 17, 2010.

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    Sound like you are racist. What do Obama got to do with any of this? Yes, he will be elected again. You need to Jesus because its obvious that you don't have him. You are just stupid and a disgrace to all. So immature. ugh!!!

  • anonymous posted at 11:47 am on Tue, Aug 17, 2010.

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    My family suffered this same loss in 2005. My brother in Cleveland was brutally murdered and 3+ yrs the killer was finally sentenced. It is happening too often. I'm afraid to visit my hometown of Clarksdale and surrounding towns.

  • anonymous posted at 8:41 am on Tue, Aug 17, 2010.

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    Stupidity, that's what happened to Law & Order. Stupidity got Obama elected & Stupidity will get a Mosque at Ground Zero. Continued Stupidity will get Obama, Pelosi & Reid re-elected in 2010 & 2012.VOTE Nov. 2nd. in 2010 and 2012. If you don't vote you only have yourselves to blame.

  • anonymous posted at 5:13 pm on Mon, Aug 16, 2010.

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    I dont know if I can express the depth of outrage,disgust, and sadness I feel, but I will try, as to honor Mr. Simmons memory. I have been coming to Clarksdale for approx. 5 years, during this time have been aware of many incidents in and around the city, which I will not reiterate. I have always express my concern about personal safety at one time or another to local friends, associates, and even a elected official. Possibly being female gave me a hightened sense of security; and rightly so. A few years ago as a elected official was walking past me at a meeting I attended, I quickly stated, "My big concern was Safety in Clarksdale", his answer was a brisk, "We need more Money". That response stuck with me as I thought, who doesn't... What kind of cop-out answer is that -maybe the way the money is spent should be reviewed, the law and courts have to crack down of these low life criminals ASAP, starting in the schools with a NO B.S. policy - ALL citizens should be very concerned as there are very dangerous guys out and about; whose business or home is next? Got to be someone!I dont use the word friend casually. I am honored to call Jeff and Jimmy Simmons friends. Both are men of their word, honest, dependale, kind-hearted, and of course have a seemingly never ending amount of energy. It is sadly ironic that Jeff and I talked numerous times about personnal safety in town, and I said I hope that a visable or prominent person doesn't get hurt before the real Powers that Be does something about demanding that Clarksdale and FP become a safe place. Well, it happened - A good man of value was taken.... Powers that Be, please do something-- Honor Gerald Simmons Life - ....A God Bless their Dad, Mr.Simmons.

  • anonymous posted at 3:19 pm on Mon, Aug 16, 2010.

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  • anonymous posted at 6:31 am on Mon, Aug 16, 2010.

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    Could this Carr be related to Anthony Carr, who, along with a scum bag named Simon, tortured, killed and burned the Carl Parker family in 1990 for a few trinkets including 12 yr old Greggs glasses. They were sentenced to death but are still here after 20 yrs enjoying the fruits of our labor. Don't wait for justice in this state anytime soon. I commend commissioner Epps at Parchman for eliminating 3 this year, reducing his annual budget by at least 90,000.

  • anonymous posted at 5:09 am on Sun, Aug 15, 2010.

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    So Damn tried of all of this.......They should be beat to death!!!!!!!! All they had to do was ask the 80 year old man for the money, and from reading the story, he would have given the money to them. JUST PLAIN SENSELESS

  • anonymous posted at 9:45 am on Sat, Aug 14, 2010.

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    My condolences to the Simmons Family. I remember so well of the days gone by, when Friars Point was very safe. You never heard of any violence. People chose to borrow money from a person as Mr. Simmons rather beat to near death. It was reported in another section, that Mr. Simmons was a very generous person, growing a garden and giving the food to people for free, loaning money during tough times. I wonder what builds up in peoples' minds to harm such a caring and giving person, and to beat him the way these despictable menace to society did. Enduring pain and hurt from a natural death overburdens many survivors. However, the manner in which Mr. Simmons was forced into the death mode, serious head injuries with bleeding, suffering from intense pain and more than likely brain swelling, which perhaps shut down many functions that support the body's organs/tissues, increased age (80y/o), all of which could have been avoided by just asking for the money and leaving. Now, the family, friends and community will be at a lost, traumatized, from such a reckless and unnecessary act of violence, fearful, unsure how to control troubled thugs. In view of Friars Point (FP) needing businesses to support the town........the mayor and board of aldermen, chief of police need to swiftly offer up a solution to prevent another murder reoccurrence, to include partnering with business owners finding resources to make during business in FP safer.

  • anonymous posted at 5:49 pm on Fri, Aug 13, 2010.

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    The two mention suspects does not deserve the "Death Penalty." They should be slaughter like hogs. It upsets me to read about these types of crimes. They took an innocent person life for no reason. When they get to Parchman they will be treated like law abiding citizens. Hog wash! I will be parying for the family!!

  • anonymous posted at 5:23 am on Fri, Aug 13, 2010.

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    My heart goes out to the Simmons family. It pains me to think anyone would have to go through losing a loved one in that way. I pray the 2 thugs get what they deserve but knowing how the judicial system works (especially in the Delta) they will get off with a slap on the wrist. To the Simmons famly, I pray You take comfort in knowing your father was a great man and is now living a better life. God Bless you all!!