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Witness: Corrigan man stabbed to death while trying to stop cousin from being abused

Damarcus Jackson, 21, killed by stabbing Saturday,July 18, 2015. Damarcus Jackson, 21, killed by stabbing Saturday,July 18, 2015.
Steve White, of Corrigan is suspected in the stabbing death of Damarcus Jackson and is on the run. Steve White, of Corrigan is suspected in the stabbing death of Damarcus Jackson and is on the run.
CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) -

While the manhunt continues for Steve White in the early Saturday morning stabbing death of 21-year-old Damarcus Jackson, the victim’s family is trying to make sense of how a 40+ year-old man would repeatedly stab a young man whom he knew very well..

"He was a good boy,” Kathlina Bean says about her son, whom she said had interrupted White’s allegedly abusing his cousin TaiAnna Harrell.  “And he would have did that for anybody. That's just him. He's not just going to watch anybody get jumped on."

 

Bean said Sunday afternoon outside her home, which is just less than two blocks from where Jackson was killed, 201 West 2nd St.  Harrell, 20, is not only their first-cousin, but also grew up with Jackson, who was like a brother to her.

While talking with Bean about her loss, her future daughter-in-law Trea Williams arrived at the family’s gathering.

“I was with Taianna when the abuse began,” Williams recalled about seeing and hearing White’s alleged abuse of Harrell.  “I tried to go into the house, but when I pushed in on the door, Steve pushed back.  We went back and forth.  But I couldn’t get in,” Williams recalled.  “I could hear him kind of going in on her.  I hear bumping and her yelling.”

Williams said that’s when Damarcus walked up and asked where Tai was and what was going on.  Williams told him what she witnessed and that’s when Jackson tried to make his way into the home to help his cousin.

“Damarcus somehow got in and then he and Steve started going at it,” Williams said.

"Demarcus was trying to break it up.  And in between that he ended up stabbing him in the chest.  They wrestled a little bit.  And that's how he stabbed him in the chest," Bean recalled.  She said she could see three of the stab wounds, even in the darkness.


Bean added, "But by the time I make it over there, DeMarcus is already laying in the street. He was already gone at that time."
 

Williams and Bean said the crime scene began at the home belonging to Ruth Graham, then spilled out from the carport onto Highway 287, which is also West 2nd Street, and over onto the grounds of the First United Methodist Church, where Jackson collapsed and died.
 

The accused attacker Steve White, fled the scene.  Many witnesses said that White did not take off in his 1993 or ’94 white Buick Roadmaster, because it remained parked at the home on 2nd St.  Williams recalled hearing and seeing a car “burn off” from the scene.  She said it was a car belonging to White’s cousin.  But due to the trauma of witnesses Jackson’s death, she couldn’t recall seeing White in the fleeing car.


Bean said her son's life had turned around.  He had recently started going to church regularly with his grandmother, started a new job with What-A-Burger and had a new fiancé.
 

Lastly, there’s only thing she wants of the suspect on the run.  Because Corrigan is such a small community, the man who’s suspected in of taking her son’s life with a knife is not a stranger.

"I know him. All that I ask is that he turns himself in.  I'm not asking for anything no one else would ask for.  Because my son is gone and I can't get him back,” Bean shared.

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