Dwon Turner, right, speaks to the media Monday, thanking the community for its support of his family since his father’s tragic death in Mississippi on Saturday. Turner is joined by Covington Police Capt. Ken Malcom.

COVINGTON — Dwon Turner said Monday the outpouring of support his family has received since his father, Almond Turner, was killed Saturday, has helped to sustain his family.

Dwon Turner met briefly with media at the Covington Police Department headquarters Monday evening.

“The first thing I want to say is thank you to the community, far and wide, for reaching out across social media platforms, telephone calls and visits with your wishes, your love and your condolences,” said Dwon. “This is a very tough time for our family. We’re crushed; we’re broken; we are left with a huge void in our life from a senseless tragedy. As the days go on things will get better, but we thank you for everything you have done.”

Almond Turner, a longtime member of the Newton County Board of Education and a retired assistant chief from the Covington Police Department, was shot and killed at a family gathering Saturday night in Meridian, Miss. Turner and his wife had traveled there to celebrate the 70th birthday of his wife’s sister. Police say at some point during the event, Turner’s nephew, Christopher Denson, 41, went to his car, retrieved an AK-47 rifle, returned to the gathering and shot Turner three times. Denson was arrested the next day in Meridian. Police have


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.