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Mississippi highway gets late Deputy U.S. Marshal’s name

April 2, 2022 GMT

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — A segment of Highway 63 in Mississippi’s Jackson County will be named after late Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Lamar Wells.

The Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Lamar Wells Memorial Highway will start at half-a-mile (.8 kilometers) south of the Polktown Road intersection and will end half-a-mile (.8 kilometers) north of the same intersection, WJTV-TV reported.

In 2015, Wells was killed while serving a warrant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The 27-year-old had served with the U.S. Marshals Service for four years and was assigned to the Southern District Office in Mississippi.

Southern Transportation District Commissioner Tom King, state Rep. Manly Barton, family and friends will celebrate the dedication on Tuesday, April 5. The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the East central Storm Shelter at 18412 Highway 613 in Moss Point.