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Crystal Welch, MFP Board Vice President, Dies in Ridgeland Triple Homicide; Suspect Killed

Mississippi Free Press Board of Directors Vice President Crystal Lynn Welch, a 42-year-old Mississippi College School of Law instructor who devoted her life to social-justice work, was the victim of a triple homicide over the Mother’s Day weekend. Ridgeland Chief of Police Brian Myers said in a statement on Monday that officers entered a home on Old Canton Road on Mother’s Day, May 12, and found the bodies of Crystal Welch along with her mother, Ida Thomas Welch, 76, and her sister, Vicky Renee Welch, 56.

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22 Years of Free Press Truth-telling in Mississippi

“We were far luckier than some in our world because capital-area folks still liked the feel of newsprint in their hands, so the decline in print revenue was slower, giving us time to plan our next act,” Kimberly Griffin writes.

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