MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A teacher, pastor and assistant basketball coach at Ridgeway High School was found dead in his Cordova home. 49-year-old Jimmy McClain is the first homicide in Shelby County for 2013.
Every day Debbie Warner and her dog Remmy jog through their quiet Cordova neighborhood. She never expected to turn the corner to a see of blue lights and yellow crime tape. Warner says, "Feeling like there's nothing safe anymore, but I don't know if there ever was."
Shelby County Sheriff's Spokesperson, Chip Washington, says deputies went to the man's home in the 7600 block of Cordova Club Dr. Friday morning after someone asked for a welfare check. "He had been not seen or heard from in the last couple of days," Washington says.
McClain was an assistant basketball coach at Ridgeway High School in Memphis. He was a former employee of DeSoto County Schools and the former pastor of a Senatobia church. In a 2009 online interview with McClain he gave his advice for young African American men. He said, "Learn to love self before you love others. Learn to love God before you love self. In this, you will be able to fight the greater battles of life from without if you can conquer the greater battles from within."
Deputies spent most of the day at the home. Investigators wore white coveralls and blue booties, so they didn't compromise any evidence or DNA . Washington says investigators are unsure if there was a disturbance in the house, "We're just getting started, there will be a lot of questions we'll have to ask and a lot of information we'll have to sort through to try to figure out what happened, how it happened and why it happened."
Investigators also had crime scene tape up to the house that sits behind 49-year-old Jimmy McClain's. At this point they're not saying if the victim was a target. Washington says, "I would not say that there needs to be any concern in reference to the neighbors or residents in the neighborhood, it looks to be an isolated incident."
Which means, Warner will continue her run. The scene upsets her but it doesn't surprise her. "Because of the way the world is," Warner says, "That's the part that's disappointing, I feel like it's getting worse."