"Every time I see him he had a smile on his face. I never knew nobody who would want to do him like that," said Carlos Rodriguez. "I just saw him, it was his birthday. Good friend of him. Good friend."
"The police just had everything blocked off," she added.
Pirtist Kemp, who runs Kemp's Mini Mart down the street from the shooting, agrees. Kemp opened up for business in 1963, and has seen things decline since.
"It is nothing like it used to be," Kemp said. "It is much more violent then it used to be."
Luckett, who's been in office for just 3 weeks, says perception is important, especially with the annual Sunflower River Blues Festival set to start in a few short weeks.
"Perception is half the problem," Luckett said. "If you have a bad perception of something it will discourage you from wanting to visit even though underneath it may never be that bad in reality."
Back near the crime scene, Holmes says she recently moved back into the neighborhood after moving away. She's fearful all over again.
"I'm worried, stressed out, shamed really," she said.