Prison officer charged with killing beloved tattoo artist’s cock


A Mississippi town mourns the loss of Carl Jr. the Rooster, a fixture in its community. After a social media storm over an alleged foul play, correctional officer Kendra Shaffer has been arrested for her involvement in her kidnapping and death.

Christina Jackson runs Twisted Anchor Tattoo, where Carl Jr. spent most of his time in downtown Ocean Springs. “We are devastated and heartbroken,” Jackson told Newsweek. “The loss of Carl J has affected us all deeply.”

The rooster disappeared from the porch of the tattoo shop on Sunday. He had claimed the place as his home two years ago and the staff had adopted him as a pet. However, he was part of the family in all of downtown Ocean Springs, starting his mornings at the Lil Market Deli & Bagelry, then making the rounds at Spoonwater Bar & Grill, Rooftop Taco & Tequila Bar and other haunts. locals before meeting at the Twisted Anchor Tattoo to perch. .

Jackson first sounded the alarm on Tuesday, asking in a Facebook post, “Has anyone seen Carl J?! Didn’t see him today, and his water bowl is always full, so it didn’t stop without me knowing either.”

A Mississippi town mourns the loss of Carl Jr. the Rooster, a staple in its community. Above, a rooster in Key West, Florida.
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On Wednesday, surveillance footage of Carl Jr. surfaced and shocked the city. A video emerged to show Carl being kidnapped by a woman, who led him off the porch of the tattoo shop, followed by a group of men. A second video allegedly showed his body dumped near Biloxi, Mississippi, where he was later found dead, the Jones County Sheriff’s Department confirmed. Newsweek.

Social media erupted in grief over the iconic rooster and outrage at his killers, with many using the hashtag #justiceforcarljr.

Shaffer, a corrections officer at Jones County Juvenile Detention Center, is believed to be the woman in the video. She was arrested by the Ocean Springs Police Department and cited for animal cruelty, the sheriff’s department confirmed to Newsweek.

She was fired by the sheriff’s department and will appear in Ocean Springs City Court on May 4.

“We expect those employed by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department to perform their duties and live their lives in a professional and honorable manner,” Sheriff Joe Berlin said in a statement. Newsweek. “The criminal charge brought against Ms. Shaffer by the Ocean Springs Police Department is serious and we do not condone or condone this behavior. Her termination is immediate.”

Jackson said the community will not rest until Carl Jr.’s killers are punished. “We have no intention of slowing down or stopping until justice is served for our big guy,” she said.


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