For the past eight months, the family of Clifton Jackson III has searched for answers to his murder. But those explanations have not surfaced.
To help facilitate information, the family is now offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the crime.
Jackson was murdered in his home in the 100 block of Frierson Street on Dec. 10, 2017. Police officers were dispatched to the residence at about 4:53 a.m. after Jackson’s girlfriend notified them following multiple failed attempts to reach Jackson by phone. Officers found Jackson dead inside the home of an apparent gunshot wound.
Jackson’s father, Clifton Jackson Jr., stated he is reminded daily of his son and it has been difficult not having him around.
“The hardest thing is not hearing his voice or seeing his smile. You think about that, and you dream about that,” Jackson Jr. said. “He was a caring person. I always told him that you can’t trust too many people. But he would say, ‘they love us around here, and I love them.’”
Jackson Jr. stated the lack of answers has been tough on the family, who have put their lives in a holding pattern.
“I don’t know if it will get better later on or not. It ain’t a good place,” Jackson Jr. explained. “I don’t trust anybody because there are people walking around here that know what happened. They heard or seen what happened. I know they do.”
Jackson Jr. stated it has been difficult at times to get information from the police because of the changes taking place at the department.
“I know they have got other responsibilities, but it is sad,” Jackson Jr. said. “He's not just a statistic. He is a person with a family that loved him. That is why I am putting the money up.”
Waxahachie Police Chief Wade Goolsby stated the case remains active, but the department needs the public's help. He stated officers continue to follow up on leads and information provided to them.
“We are still working the case, but we do not have any strong leads pointing to a person or suspect. We encourage anybody who has information to contact us,” Goolsby said. “Even though we have received information and tips that have been followed up on nothing has come together to file charges. Somebody knows something, and we need that person to come forward.”
Goolsby stated information has slowed, but they hope this article will prompt people to come forward.
Jackson Jr. shared Goolsby's thoughts and encouraged the public share what they know about the crime. He added that his son would speak up "even if it meant putting his life jeopardy he would do the right thing."
People with information can contact the Waxahachie Police Department at 469-309-4400. The department is located at its new station at 630 Farley Street.
If people have information but would like to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers of Ellis County at 972-937-7297. Crime Stoppers pays cash for tips that help lead to an arrest.