Xzavion Hill would’ve celebrated his 21st birthday with friends and family Dec. 17.
Instead, Hill, the victim of a fatal shooting Wednesday evening, will be buried by friends and family soon.
“My son was a very outgoing, smart young man. He didn’t mind helping anyone,” said Sophia Hill Lucas, Hill’s mother.
“He should be here with us getting ready to celebrate his birthday. Instead, I’m here preparing to bury him!” Lucas said.
Hill’s full name was Cordetrique Xzavion Hill. On Facebook he went by the name “Zay.”
Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks said his department received a call about shots fired at County Road 512, Lot 21, at a trailer park just north of Sidon, around 6:46 p.m.
Hill, who lived on George White Circle, was at the trailer park playing video games with friends, Banks and Lucas said.
He was shot several times and pronounced dead at the scene. Banks said no one else was hit.
Banks could not be reached for comment Friday. He told the Commonwealth on Thursday that several suspects were being held in connection with the shooting but no formal charges had been made.
Lucas said she has no idea why her son was shot.
“I don’t know the situation, but I know that whatever it was, my son didn’t deserve this,” she said.
“He was a person that loved to laugh and make jokes! He loved his family,” Lucas said. “His friends circle was short, but he enjoyed being with the few friends that he had.”
Hill first attended Amanda Elzy High School, where he played basketball. He then transferred to J.Z. George, where he played basketball and football before graduating in May 2018.
Lucas said her son was ambitious, always wanting to make “the best of himself” and make her proud.
“I’ve always been proud of him,” she said.
He was recently a student at Hinds County Community College’s campus in Rankin County, where he was studying mechanical engineering, Lucas said.
Aside from his mother, Hill is survived by his father, Roy Lucas, and his three siblings — JaMarkius Hill, Alexis Lucas and Lashawn Harris.
Hill’s funeral arrangements were still being planned Friday afternoon.
His death came hours after another Greenwood man, Donald Spells, was fatally shot in the area of McLaurin Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Spells, 40, died hours later at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Authorities are investigating.
The two slayings brought to four the number of firearm-related homicides that occurred in the Greenwood area within a week since last Saturday.
Leflore County’s homicide count for 2019 stands at 10, all involving firearms.
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