Family mourns son after White Street shooting

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Jermaine Cowell’s family is heartbroken as they mourn the loss of the 27-year-old Springfield man who was shot to death not far from his home on White Street in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood Saturday.

Friends and family prepared a makeshift memorial on Sunday adjacent to 163 White Street where Jermaine Cowell was mortally wounded shortly after 9 o’clock Saturday night. Detective Captain Thomas Trites told 22News, Cowell died from his gunshot wound at Baystate Medical Center about forty minutes later. Cowell’s father Jimmy Cowell spoke of his son.

“He was a good kid, he didn’t have a college education, I came from work, I was in the house, somebody came, I’m really sad, my wife is sad,” said Cowell.

“I asked this morning and they said Jessie had passed away. I was devastated, devastated, he’s the nicest person, why would somebody do it, someone that’s so nice,” said neighbor Mary Clark.

So far Detectives haven’t been able to come up with a motive for Jermaine Cowell’s killing and no one has so far been arrested. Captain Trites said it doesn’t appear that the shooting victim had been a gang member.

Seven people have died violently in Springfield thus far this year.

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