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Store clerk's daughter leaves heartbreaking tribute

Published: Feb. 1, 2016 at 1:30 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2016 at 10:31 AM CST
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Gas station where clerk was shot. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Gas station where clerk was shot. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

CORINTH, MS (WMC) - The Mapco where a clerk was shot and killed is still closed for now. The only person around is a security guard.

However, people who knew the clerk are still reeling while police hunt for the second suspect after the first suspect was turned into police by his own parents.

"When I heard about it this morning, my heart broke for her just knowing that could have been me," coworker Nicole Harville said.

The clerk was shot multiple times at approximately 5:30 a.m. Monday at the Mapco gas station on Highway 72 East.

She later died from her injuries. Police confirmed the victim was 43-year-old Christine Ledlow.

Coworkers added that she was just 15 minutes from the end of her shift when the shooting happened.

Corinth Police Department said it received dozens of tips about the two suspects. Within an hour, they had tips and within five hours, a suspect was behind bars.

The police chief contacted the parents of one of the suspects. Those parents brought the 17-year-old to the police station. The second suspect is still at large.

Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance said two teens went into the store to rob it. He believes the teens panicked and opened fire when the clerk hit the panic button. He does not believe the shooting was gang related.

"They had no reason to kill her. She put her hands up. She would have given them anything in the store," one Corinth native said.

Ledlow's coworkers said she'd been working at the convenience store for six years. They noted that many people see her every morning and get a cup of coffee. They said Ledlow was well-liked around town.

"It's disturbing," Police Chief Ralph Dance said. "You don't want to think people are that cold-hearted. She has a family. She is a hard working lady. For someone to gun her down for no reason for money that they didn't even take."

Ledlow's coworkers said she leaves behind two daughters, 17 and 20 years old.

As the coworkers stood outside the gas station Monday, they said the store will never be the same.

Ledlow's daughter posted a heart wrenching tribute to her mother on Facebook. It's a tribute to a woman she describes as beautiful, her biggest supporter and someone who is now looking down on her from heaven and smiling.

MAPCO released the following statement:

We are extraordinarily saddened to report that a MAPCO team member passed away as a result of injuries sustained from the shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with the team member's family and friends affected by this senseless crime.

MAPCO is working in full cooperation with local authorities as they continue their investigation into this incident. In the meantime, the store in Corinth remains closed.

Dance said the store surveillance video clearly shows the 17-year-old suspect who is now in custody. The second suspect never showed his face to the camera. That suspect ran out of the store as soon as the 17-year-old began shooting.

The 17-year-old's father explained why he turned his son in to police.

"Own up and confess to what you've done and tell them, 'I'm sorry.' Want to tell them you're sorry," the father said. "I've had no actual footage that he's even done this, but if this is something that he's done, I just want to tell that family that I'm sorry."

The 17-year-old is expected to be charged Tuesday. Investigators are continuing to search for the second suspect.

Police are asking anyone who may know who the other suspect is to call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi at (800) 773-8477.

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