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8/20/2014 6:00:00 AM
Separate incidents claim two members
By DEBBIE BURT MYERS
Managing Editor

Two Choctaw Tribal members died last week in separate, unrelated incidents one of which is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a Tribal spokesperson said.

The first victim, Jordan Keith Willis, 30, died on the night of Tuesday, Aug. 12 after a Choctaw Police officer responded to a call in the Pearl River community.

"A Choctaw Police Department senior officer responded to a call for help on Aug. 12 in the Pearl River community that resulted in the officer being wounded and the death of Tribal member Jordan Willis," Misty Brescia Dreifuss, director of the Office of Public Information, said in a statement emailed to the media.

"The officer has received medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. As per protocol, the Federal Bureau of Investigations was called in to conduct a weapons discharge investigation which is ongoing at this time."

She went on to say that, "No employee will speak on this matter."

Florence Hodges, Willis' fiance, said Tuesday afternoon that she didn't call Choctaw Police to her home for help.

"I called for advice from a police officer about something totally different that happened two weeks prior," Hodges said. "I didn't call because of a domestic."

The second Tribal member, Jonas Keith Joe, 37, was killed in a stabbing incident Friday morning in the Pearl River community.

Dreifuss said Tuesday that Choctaw Police was following up on leads in connection with the stabbing.

The deaths of the two Tribal members were not related, she said.

Also on Friday morning, Choctaw Police investigated a report of "unconfirmed shots fired in the Bogue Chitto community," Dreifuss said.

"Bogue Chitto Elementary School Principal took precautionary measures and placed the school on lockdown until he confirmed with law enforcement that a lockdown was not needed," she said.

"The shots were not verified that they were actual gun shots," she said. "We are not sure what they were."

Services for Willis were held at 10 a.m. Monday fro the Bogue Chitto Facility Building. 

Survivors include his father, Ronald Willis; sisters, Johanna Willis and Daphne Willis; and brothers, James Willis, Dyamiko Willis and Ivan Willis.

Services for Joe were held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pearl River Facility Building.

Survivors are daughters, Daisy Joe of Standing Pine, Tammy Joe of Standing Pine, Gina Matthews of Edinburg, Alishince Jim of Philadelphia, Emily Jim of Philadelphia and Laci Jim of Philadelphia; son, T.J. Lewis of Standing Pine; sisters, Courtney McGee of Choctaw and Denise Campbell of Georgia; and brother, Ryan Willis Sr. of Philadelphia.



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