Friends say the 24-year-old killed in a Rock Island shooting was a talented artist and loving father. Thursday, they asked for the community’s help to give his young son a merry Christmas.
Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said Derek Jackson was the man who died after he was shot at about noon Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in a home on 16th Avenue near Douglas Park.
A local jury found Aaron Henderson guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Rock Island tattoo artist Derek Jackson.
Jackson died after he was shot December 18, 2013, at a home on 16th Avenue in Rock Island. Jackson’s girlfriend, and his three-year-old son, were in the home when the shooting happened.
Aaron Henderson and Yolandius McDuffie were arrested and charged with first-degree murder; the first-degree murder charge was dropped moments before trial was set to begin in early January 2015 for 21-year-old Yolandius McDuffie.
A Rock Island man is headed to prison for forty years in connection with the murder of a local tattoo artist who was shot to death and robbed in 2013.
Aaron Henderson, 22, will have to serve the entire sentence.
Derek Jackson was shot to death in his house shortly before Christmas 2014. His girlfriend and son were inside the home at the time.
Henderson was discovered rifling through the pockets of Jackson, as he laid dead on the floor. Henderson was considered a friend of Jackson.