Miss. Mother Loses 2 Sons to Gun Violence in 1 Month: A Look at the Cases

Brandon Horne-Crook, 14, was shot dead March 25. On April 23, his 20-year-old brother, Bryson Cortez Horne-Wash, was gunned down

<p>16 WAPT News Jackson/Youtube</p> Violet Horne at a press conference in March 2024

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Violet Horne at a press conference in March 2024

The grieving mother called 911 to report that her son had been shot and was unconscious. He is the second child that the Mississippi mother has lost to gun violence in the span of a month.

Law enforcement does not know if the two shootings are related, but are “looking into any possible connection,” Jason Dare, a lawyer for the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office, tells PEOPLE.

“We are investigating any and all motives,” Dare says of the ongoing investigation, adding that so far: “We have not been able to find a connection between the two murders.”

Last month, 14-year-old Cameron Horne-Crook was driven from a friend’s house in Brandon, Miss., across county lines to the state’s capital and shot “multiple times,” the Jackson Police Department said in a March press release.

<p>Cameron Horne-Crook Facebook</p> Cameron Horne-Crook, 14, was shot "multiple times" and killed March 25, 2024.

Cameron Horne-Crook Facebook

Cameron Horne-Crook, 14, was shot "multiple times" and killed March 25, 2024.

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Three teenagers – ages 15, 16 and 17 – were each initially arrested on murder charges. The 16-year-old was additionally charged with tampering with evidence in connection to Cameron's killing. However, murder charges against the 15 and 16 year olds have since been dropped, WAPT reports.

Police did not immediately release a motive for the 14-year-old’s slaying, and Detective Tommie Brown of the Jackson Police Department told PEOPLE on April 25 that the department had no updates in the case to share with the public.

“It wasn’t a motive, just hate,” Cameron’s mother told WAPT shortly after he was gunned down. “Just hate.”

<p>Jackson Police Department</p> John Foote

Jackson Police Department

John Foote

Housed at Jackson City Jail, an adult facility, 17-year-old John Foote, a suspect in Cameron's killing, was denied bond at his initial court appearance March 27, per Jackson municipal court records reviewed by PEOPLE.

He has not entered a plea, and no upcoming court date has been scheduled yet, the court clerk tells PEOPLE. His lawyer was not immediately available to discuss the case.

At the time, Detective Brown told PEOPLE that the charge could be elevated to capital murder, carrying the possibility of the death penalty upon conviction.

On April 23 at 9:49 a.m, Cameron’s mother, Violet Horne, called 911, saying her older son, Bryson Cortez Horne-Wash, 20, had been shot inside a Brandon, Miss., home, according to the sheriff’s office, which released the incident report to PEOPLE.

When Deputy Patrick Mullins arrived on the scene, he saw Horne-Wash “laying on the floor unresponsive,” according to the incident report.

While his mother and cousin, Reginald Simpson, administered CPR, the deputy “lifted his hoodie and found a single gunshot wound to the right side of his body” and bandaged and put pressure on the wound, he wrote in the report.

Paramedics arriving at the home eventually pronounced Horne-Wash dead.

Witnesses reported seeing a small white Honda Accord “leaving the scene at a high rate of speed,” according to the sheriff’s office.

<p>Rankin County Jail (2)</p> Ryan Scott Duette (left) and Lainey Bella Ingle (right) are charged in connection to the April 23 killing of Bryson Cortez Horne Wash.

Rankin County Jail (2)

Ryan Scott Duette (left) and Lainey Bella Ingle (right) are charged in connection to the April 23 killing of Bryson Cortez Horne Wash.

Around noon that day, two 20-year-olds walked into the sheriff’s office, saying they had gotten into an altercation with Horne-Wash and wanted to make a statement, per investigators, who said they recovered multiple firearms from their vehicle.

Ryan Scott Duette is charged with murder and booked into jail on a $500,000 bond, according to the booking report obtained by PEOPLE.

Lainey Bella Ingle, whose bond was set at $50,000, is charged with felony accessory after the fact, per her booking report. She was released from jail Wednesday, April 24 and waived her initial court appearance, per WAPT.

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The shooting allegedly occurred during a firearm sale gone wrong, WAPT reported from the courtroom Thursday, April 25.

The sheriff’s office seized two firearms from the residence Tuesday, including a gun allegedly belonging to the mother and one allegedly belonging to the cousin, per the incident report.

Simpson was detained after becoming “distraught” and “belligerent” following the news of his cousin’s death and the subsequent execution of the search warrant, per the incident report, which notes that he was “later released after he had calmed down.”

It was not immediately clear if Duette had entered a plea or if he or Ingle had obtained lawyers.

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