Jacksonville’s mother seeks answers in son’s death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville officials walked in and out of the police memorial on Monday.

Hope Wilson Gilpin met her outside, holding a sign with photos of her son Jordan Phelps.

“I’m here to get detectives’ attention, to get someone’s attention,” Gilpin said.

It’s been a year since her son was murdered in a double shootout in an apartment complex on Atlantic Boulevard. The police have not announced any arrests or suspects in the case.

Jordan Phelps

Gilpin said it took her the year to grieve and to band together, but now she wants answers.

And not just for yourself.

She shared stories of meeting other women over the weekend who said they were going through something similar.

A woman who sat next to her at JSO said she was also waiting for more details about an unsolved murder of a loved one.


“I know the other mothers out there go through the same thing if nothing. And I will fight for them all at this point, ”said the woman, who did not identify herself.

There were 131 murders in Jacksonville in 2019. JSO arrested 52 of them. That is a release rate of 40%.

2020 is a big year-over-year decrease with an eviction rate of 29%, with 135 murders and arrests in 39 of them.

As one of those murders from 2019, JSO made an arrest last weekend.

Although the eviction rate this year is not as high as last year, officials are working to make the arrests.

“I see murders solved, but it’s not my son. It’s not the others that I see. It just doesn’t go together. They need more help, ”Gilpin explained.

She said any new murder felt like her son’s case was being pushed back.

“It’s real. You know what I mean?” She said.

That’s why Gilpin said she found the courage to do so and keep fighting for her son.


Gilpin told News4Jax that at one point an officer came out and spoke to her about her son’s case. She said the officer told her they had some leads and were gathering evidence.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or the JSO non-emergency number at 904-630-0500.

A reward of $ 8,000 is offered for information.

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