Kingston Frazier loved watching cartoons, particularly the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Kingston Frazier loved watching cartoons, particularly the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Kingston Dae’Jaun Frazier loved cartoons, particularly the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so at the six-year-old’s Celebration of Life service Friday at Jackson’s Morning Star Baptist Church, his family will don green and white, a cousin said.

The kidnapping and murder of Frazier, who was set to graduate kindergarten last Thursday, has been a gut blow to Madison County, metropolitan Jackson and points far beyond.

Three teenagers, two of them from Ridgeland, have been charged with capital murder in the death that occurred last Thursday morning where Gluckstadt Road ends east of I-55. The boy was asleep in the backseat of his mother’s Toyota Camry when it was stolen from the Jackson I-55 Kroger just after 1 a.m.

At a makeshift memorial site off a bumpy dead-end road near Mississippi’s liquor distribution facility in an industrial area, a rain-battered Mickey Mouse stuffed animal and plastic Spiderman toy sit beside flowers and balloons.

Corey Archie, Frazier’s second cousin, said the boy loved the Ninja Turtles.

“He was just a very playful kid, just joyful,” Archie said. “You never saw him sad or anything. He was always happy, always energetic. He had a huge imagination.”

Archie would help Kingston with his kindergarten homework and said the young boy enjoyed reading and learning new words. The pair would often go to the movies together or play outside.

Kingston loved his one-year-old little brother and always held him, Archie said. Kingston loved pizza, specifically Chuck E Cheese’s, and he was always asking questions to learn more about life.

“It’s tough,” Archie said of the last week. “It’s really hard. It’s really, really hard.”

Archie said he hopes that Kingston’s death will be the spark that ends violence and instead sends a message of love.

Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said the horrific event has brought everyone to their knees and it’s time that the communities come together and stop something like this from happening again.

“We need to come together as a group of believers (in Christ) and say we’ve had enough instead of sitting back and accepting it as another number, another statistic, just one more murder in the area,” she said. “We need to come together as a group of believers and say this is not acceptable. We all know that murder is not acceptable but yet we have not joined hands in the metro area to declare war on that.”

Hawkins-Butler said 30 years ago the cities and counties discussed coming together to have a talk about crime.

“This is our wake-up call and it took the life of a little innocent child to bring so many to their knees and soften the hearts of many that think ‘This is not my problem.,’” she said. “I believe in the depth of my heart that somehow the loss of this baby, that is with the Lord, could save other children and other lives. The only way we’re going to do anything about it is together.”

She said she hasn’t talked to anyone who hasn’t been crushed by last Thursday’s tragedy.

“All of this was evil,” the mayor added. “No longer should the metro area be allowed to be Satan’s workshop. There have been a lot of mothers that have lost a lot of children.”

Andy Taggert, a Madison attorney and former chief of staff to Gov. Kirk Fordice, said the “raw brutality” has rocked everyone to their core.

“We all want to be at least good enough as a community that we protect the little children among us, and when we heard the news of a six-year-old coldly murdered by multiple gun shots fired by a car thief, it left us all heartbroken and furious,” he said. “The only thing I know to say is that evil is real, and sometimes bad people do truly evil things. I hope our justice system works swiftly to punish the thugs who did this, though we really don’t have adequate punishment for evil of this nature.”

He added, “And I hope we will all engage to fight evil everywhere we see it, every time we see it.”

There has been no shortage of support from across the metro, the state, and even across the country.

Such was the impact statewide that Gov. Dewey Phillip Bryant on Thursday posted this statement on Facebook:  “There are no words to express the anger and sadness over the loss of Kingston Frazier. The innocence and life of a six-year-old child have been taken by a horrific crime. It is time this senseless violence end. We can all pray that God will assuage the pain of Kingston's family and friends, while we hold the guilty accountable.”

The MS Center for Police and Sheriffs started an account at Trustmark Bank that by Tuesday had raised over $1,500 to help pay funeral expenses. Individuals interested in donating can do so at any Trustmark Bank for the special account for Kingston Frazier, account number 1002996601.

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said one woman from Natchez offered to donate a cemetery plot to the family, and it was just one of a number of ways people have tried to reach out and help.

In Washington County, a woman started a GoFundMe account that raised $7,220 in a couple of days that will be sent to the family to help with funeral arrangements.

Visitation for Kingston has been set for 3-7 p.m. today (Thursday) at Morning Star Baptist Church in Jackson. A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday at 12 p.m. at Morning Star Baptist Church. Burial arrangements have not been set.

Archie said in honor of Kingston’s love for the Ninja Turtles, family members will be wearing green and white.