The Miller County Sheriff;s Office continues to investigate the overnight homicide of a clerk at the Fouke EZ-Mart Store. The M.C.S.O. has confirmed that a juvenile suspect in the shooting death is in custody.
M.C.S.O. Press Release:
The Miller County Sheriff Office responded to the Fouke, Arkansas EZ-Mart on US Highway 71 South just after 2:00 a.m. this morning. Deputies located a female in the store. The female was deceased.
The Miller County Criminal Investigative Unit responded to Fouke Arkansas and initiated the criminal investigation. Shortly after 8:00 a.m. Lieutenant Les Moody, Detective Wesley Penny, and Detective Patsy Dehart had recovered multiple critical items of evidence including the clothing the suspect wore during the crime, the weapon used to commit the crime, and identified and arrested the suspect in the Fouke community.
The suspect is a juvenile and his name is not being released
The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of relatives.
The investigation into the incident is continuing. No further information is available for release at this time.
Members of the community have described the young woman that was killed as “the sweetest girl you would ever want to meet”, “so energetic and positive, she was just so nice”, and “a beautiful young woman that really had herself together”. This is such a tragic incident in this very small Southwest Arkansas Community. Fouke Mayor Terry Purvis posted this to Facebook,
I do not even know how to explain what happened here in our City early this morning. Please be in prayer for all the families involved in the tragic and senseless killing of this young girl. I am just shocked. No words can express the grief we feel here in our City. We are all family here, and hurt so bad for the families and the victim. Again please be in prayer for the family and our City.