MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Early Monday morning, police found 35-year-old Jermaine Kelly of Pascagoula shot to death inside his grandmother's Moss Point home. Investigators believe he was the victim of a home invasion robbery.
As the Jackson County coroner drove away from the Magnolia Street home, Kelly's loved ones cried and consoled each other. There were many neighbors that just stood outside in shock.
Don Moffet said he was heartbroken when he received the call that his nephew had been killed.
"I just feel bad and I hate it for this community," Moffet said. "This is just another young man that is gone for nothing."
Moss Point Police Chief Shelia Smallman agrees with Moffet.
"It is a senseless crime that should not have taken place," Chief Smallman said.
Chief Smallman said a little before 6am Monday, police received a call that someone had been shot on Magnolia Street. She said when police arrived, they found Kelly dead inside his grandmother's home.
"Shot multiple times. At this time, the only thing that we are aware of is it was a home invasion robbery," Smallman said.
Residents said this murder is just the latest in a wave of violence that has inundated their community.
Chief Smallman her officers have been working to make the area safer. In July, officers arrested several people on drug and burglary charges. Those arrests took place just across the street at the former 504 Club.
"We still have problems with prostitution and drug activity in that area. As far as the senseless crime that was committed this morning, it has been a first in several years," Chief Smallman said.
Smallman said her investigators are collecting physical evidence and gathering facts to find Kelly's killers.
Moss Point Police believe two or three people were involved, and say they do have a few leads. They're asking anyone with information about shooting, to please step forward.
"We need to know what you saw, what you heard, any clothing description, vehicle description," Chief Smallman said. "We are going to do everything in our ability to locate these suspects involved in this crime."
If you have information that could help investigators, please call the Moss Point Police Department at (228) 475-1711.