Family speaks out after Christmas Eve murder

LITTLE ROCK (KATV)--Amurder suspect turned himself in today for the shooting of 23-year-old Austin Burks.

JamarJordan, 20, is in custody after the Christmas Eve killing.

TonightBurks' wake was held and his aunt, Erica Jefferson, spoke with Channel 7.

A toughday for Burks' family and friends as they gathered to say their last goodbyes toa son, father, brother, uncle and friend.

Butit wasn't until the middle of the wake, when Burks' family found out that themurder suspect had turned himself in.

Shortlybefore Burks' wake was to commence, Jefferson was outside the Premier Funeral Homepleading for the suspect, Jordan, to turn himself in.

"Bestthing for him to do is turn himself in and give us some closure so that we cango on with our life," said Jefferson.

Justminutes after this interview, Channel 7 broke the news to Jefferson that Jordanhad turned himself in. Respectfully,no cameras were rolling at the time, but shock took over Jefferson as sheproceeded to tell the rest of the family.

Itwas during the day on Christmas Eve when according to investigators, Burks waslying in the 1500 hundred block of Adams Street shot.

"Istopped at my mom's house and me and my sister had just sat down, we weretalking and then I heard pow pow, I'm like what was that... I jumped up andlooked and said they just shot somebody, I looked down and said that's mynephew Justin that's who I thought it was at first so I just ran out the doorand it was Austin," said Jefferson.

Accordingto the police report, Jefferson saw a burgundy Nissan Maxima drive south boundand open fire on Burks.

"Hewas getting his babies out the car at the time they killed him," addedJefferson.

Whilememories of Burks will live on for his family, the moment Jefferson found hernephew shot will be one memory hard to forget.

"Justgone, laying there with a single gunshot wound to the head and I was devastated,"said Jefferson.

Noadditional arrests have been made in this homicide, of course we'll continue tofollow this story and bring you the latest.