Funeral services were held on Saturday for Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson — the lesbian couple that was found slain behind a dumpster in Port Bolivar, TX — just days after the case saw a grim arrest for the alleged murder.
Britney’s father, James Larry Cosby, has been charged with two counts of tampering with evidence in connection with the death of his daughter and her girlfriend, both 24, News One reports, while her mother told police that he was angry his daughter was gay.
“He said it to me a few times that he did not like the idea of her being gay,” Loranda McDonald told KHOU-TV of her ex-husband. “But, like I told him, there’s nothing we could do about that. That’s who she is. We can’t change her lifestyle.”
Investigators questioned the 46-year-old father after a candlelight vigil held in the victims’ honor and said their suspicions grew shortly after.
“Anytime you have a crime like this you want to talk to the family, co-workers, friends to gain any information you can and, during that interview, pretty much it became an investigation,” Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said. “When we went to the residence to talk to him, some of the things we saw there, it increased and went further. We got a search warrant for the residence and our crime scene investigators were there last night, and after the event at the park, we drove him down to talk to us at the Sheriff’s Office.”
After the two young women’s bodies were found near a dumpster outside a Fisherman’s Cove food mart, investigators found Cosby died from blunt force trauma while Jackson was shot to death. Detectives said they found Crosby’s thumbprint at the crime scene in Bolivar, but note the evidence suggests that the women may have been killed at the Houston home before their bodies were dumped. Crosby, who police say is not cooperating with the investigation, is currently being held in the Galveston County Jail on a total of $500,000.00 bonds.
The two young women who were tragically killed were remembered this weekend in two separate funerals. Crystal Jackson’s father, a pastor, spoke during his daughter’s funeral services at New Peaceful Rest Baptist Church. Family and friends of Britney Cosby gathered to remember her at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.
All hope to have more answers on the women’s tragic deaths as police search for more answers, though Britney’s mother is convinced her ex-husband should be brought to justice for the crime. “I think they should lock him up, don’t let him out,” she said. “Give him the chair, I want him to suffer.”
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"