Family Mourns Murdered Ridgeway High Teacher, Hopes For Clues

Family Mourns Murdered Ridgeway High Teacher, Hopes For Clues

The brother of a murdered high school teacher and coach is opening up about his family's loss, hoping their pain will help solve the case.
WEST HELENA, AR (abc24.com) - The brother of a murdered high school teacher and coach is opening up about his family's loss, hoping their pain will help solve the case.

Jimmy McClain's body was found in his Cordova home last Friday.

"He touched so many people's lives, it is overwhelming," said Charlie McClain, Jimmy's older brother.

McClain says the family is close knit, and really struggling with Jimmy's murder. On Friday evening, dozens of friends and family packed a West Helena funeral home to remember McClain.

Investigators say Jimmy's death wasn't random, and neighbors in his Cordova neighborhood have nothing to worry about.

"We are refusing to speculate, because of who we are, our family is, and our faith," said McClain.

Instead, the family is focusing on the good, including the lives McClain touched. McClain taught accounting and personal finance at Ridgeway High School, where he also was an assistant basketball coach.

"Jimmy loved people. He loved teaching, any opportunity to teach someone anything, he would take advantage of it," McClain said. "It is what he loved."

Shelby County Sheriff's Investigators say they continue to be interested in whether McClain's neighbors saw or heard anything out of the ordinary last Wednesday night, specifically between the hours of 7-9 p.m. McClain's cause of death has not been released.

"We don't know, and I think he would have us live our lives, understanding we are not supposed to understand everything," McClain said. "What we do know, what we believe is that Jimmy had a lot of friends."

"Someone out there that does know something, we really urge them to contact the authorities," he added.

"Jimmy preached it, and he lived it, so our family has a great amount of comfort, knowing and understanding that, he is in a better place," he added. "I believe that with all my heart."

"It is hard when you don't know, but we feel that there will be closure ultimately at some point and we find solace in that," McClain said.
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