The town of Fouke, Ark., has not seen a homicide in at least a quarter of a century.
That’s according to Terry Purvis, a longtime resident and Fouke’s mayor.
All changed last week, when the death of a 21-year-old convenience store clerk rocked the town of less than 900 people. The suspect: a 12-year-old boy now charged with capital murder.
Police believe the boy targeted Christa Shockley and shot her with a pistol. Her death is the first violent crime that Purvis has seen in more than 25 years.