City seeks new approach to continuing gun violence problem in Evansville

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Courier & Press on 1/3/2021 by Brook Endale Christina Elias

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — It’s been nine years since Bridgett Tate’s son, Derrick Brian Jackson, was murdered six blocks from their home. She still calls the Evansville Police Department every week seeking answers in the unsolved homicide.

“If I didn’t stay on it, he would just be forgotten,” Tate said. “And that’s not – that was my only child. I’m only making it because I want to see my son get justice before I die.”

Her son, who went by Brian, was shot on Chandler Avenue, between Garvin and Governor streets. It’s hard to remain in Evansville, she said, especially in the same neighborhood where Brian died. But fighting to get justice for her son is the only thing that gets her up in the morning now, Tate said.