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UPDATE: 2 in custody; victim identified in Pearl River County homicide

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Gerrod O'Neal Howard, 20 Gerrod O'Neal Howard, 20
Chadrick Devon Daniel, 20 Chadrick Devon Daniel, 20
Pearl River County, MS (WDAM) -

One person is dead, and authorities are now have the two persons of interest in connection with a homicide investigation in Pearl River County.

Authorities say the two persons of interest, Chadrick Devon Daniel, 20, and Gerrod O'Neal Howard, 20, both of Columbia, turned themselves in late this afternoon in Pearl River County.

Pearl River County Chief Deputy Shane Tucker says they are both being charged with tampering with physical evidence in the homicide investigation at this time.

The investigation is ongoing, and deputies ask if you have any other information regarding the crime, contact them at 601-795-2241.

The Scene:

Around noon Wednesday, a passerby spotted a one-vehicle accident on Poplarville-Baxterville Road just off Spring Hill Road in Pearl River County.

"Deputies responded to the scene and noticed it was more than just an accident," said Pearl River County Chief Deputy Shane Tucker. "There was other evidence that suggests it was more than just a traffic accident."

Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said the victim has been identified as Brandon Penry Jr. 31 of Columbia. Penry went by the nickname "skateboard" and died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Turnage. 

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations Crime Scene Unit was brought in to process the scene, according to Tucker.

"We believe that the incident occurred between 11 p.m. Tuesday, and 1 a.m. Wednesday, and we believe the two people, Howard and Daniel know information," said Tucker.

The Marion County Sheriffs Department is assisting with the investigation.

If you have any information contact Pearl River County authorities at 601-795-2241.

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