Janaya Thompson

Six years since Janaya Thompson’s death

Today marks six years since the death of five-year-old Janaya Thompson. On this day in 2014, five-year-old Janaya Thompson was found sexually assaulted and brutally murdered. Police found her body in a trailer in Gulfport. Albert Garcia was arrested and…

Four years since the death of Janaya Thompson

It’s been exactly four years since Janaya Thompson of Gulfport went missing and her body was found the next day. News 25’s Lindsey Goodwin went to the location today to find out how the residents of the community are still…

Janaya’s story

You may not see any flowers at the scene and possibly no memorial of any kind, but years after the death of Janaya Thompson, residents in the neighborhood still remember the day it happened. After the horrific murder of five-year-old…

A Letter from Ja'Naya Thompson's Family

In conclusion of this long journey, the family of Ja’Naya presented a letter to the media. It said, “First of all, I want to thank God. I want to thank District Attorney Joel Crosby and their staff, the chief of…

Alberto Garcia Sentenced to Death

Alberto Garcia has been sentenced to death in the murder of five-year-old Ja’Naya Thompson. This sentencing was handed down two and a half years after the heart wrenching discovery of her body in Gulfport. News 25 was in the courtroom…

Inside Alberto Garcia’s Trial

Facing sentencing for the 2014 murder of Ja’Naya Thompson, Alberto Garcia told a detective he ‘always tries to stay on the straight and narrow.'It could take as long as Thursday to decided Garcia’s sentencing. Facing death or life without parole,…

Former Suspect in Ja'naya Thompson Case Speaks Out

Sentencing for the man who admitted to the brutal killing then five year old Janaya Thompson will begin today. Thompson's body was found in a trailer on Whitney Drive in July 2014 near the apartment complex where she lived with…

Janaya Thompson's Killer Pleads Guilty

In a case that broke hearts across the Coast when it happened, then five-year-old Janaya Thompson's killer pleads guilty to capital murder. Alberto Garcia originally pled not guilty in October 2015, but changed his plea in front of Judge Lisa…

Community Remembers Janaya Thompson

After almost two years, members of a Gulfport community are still reeling and authorities are still seeking justice for a five-year-old girl raped and killed in their neighborhood. Saturday marks the two year anniversary of Janaya Thompson’s tragic death. News…

Remembering Janaya Thompson

One year ago, the gruesome discovery of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson’s body in an abandoned Gulfport trailer home rattled the Gulf Coast community.