Mississippi Teacher of the Year Found Murdered in Louisiana After Giving Two Men a Ride on His Way Home

Morgantown School teacher Fred McCray Jr. (Nicole Hester, The Natchez Democrat)

Two suspects have been charged with first degree murder after admitting to the “senseless” killing of an award-winning Mississippi teacher, local police say.

Frederick McCray Jr., was found dead in the Ferriday region in northeastern Louisiana, across the state line, on Monday. He was reported missing the day prior and last contact was made early Sunday morning, according to an alert from the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deupties said two suspects—named Jimmy O’Neal Lewis and Cedrick Tennessee—have been arrested and charged in relation to the killing. They were both held without bond.

According to KNOE-TV, McCray, Jr. gave a ride to the two suspects on the night of the murder. They are believed to have pulled out a weapon and shot him after being driven to Bayou Drive in Ferriday. Investigators said the pair had attempted to hide the body under wood and garbage at a dog food plant. The men have confessed to the alleged homicide, police told KNOE-TV.

Concordia Parish inmate records describe Lewis as a black male, age 48. Tennessee was not yet listed at the correctional facility. KEDM reported he had been detained in New Orleans.

Investigators have not commented on the motive behind the attack.

McCray Jr. taught Technology Foundations and served as an Assistant Test Coordinator. He was voted Teacher of the Year during his first year working at Morgantown Middle School in Mississippi, according to a statement released by the Natchez Adams School District.

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Jason Murdock