Police investigate death on Cain Street

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - His cousin said, "There is a God and He sits high and He's looking low today."

On the spot where 21-year-old Jerrard Jernigan took his last breath.

"He was just a pleasant child.  I mean he was quiet, kept to himself and he didn't bother anybody," she said.

A witness, Wanda Michelle Clark, said her friend ran to call 911.

"He was trying to give him CPR," Clark said.

She said his head was wide open, blood staining the concrete.

"He sat up and he grabbed my arm, it's like he was trying to say something," she explained.

She's glad he didn't die alone and police are trying to find who killed him.

"Investigators are still working the case, they've been out here since around two this morning, interviewing the victim's family, the people who found him, the people in the neighborhood to see if we can track down his last movements," Lufkin Police Department Lt. David Young said.

Jernigan's godfather, Tony Caldwell, remembers their last conversation.

"Last time I talked to him yesterday, he [asked] me did I need anything from the store, that was the last time I..." Caldwell trailed off, choking back emotion.

He will try to find a way without his godson.

"Feel like someone snatched the rug out from under me," Caldwell said.

They know justice will come.

"This is a tragedy, it's sad, but you can throw a rock and hide your hand, but God knows who you are," his cousin said.

Police said trauma was evident to the body, but the type of injury or how it was inflicted is not clear pending an autopsy.

As of Wednesday evening police said no arrests had been made.