Family members search for answers in loved one's murder

By Doug Walker – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - One day after Kima Bradley was gunned down, family members gathered at her workplace, looking for answers and seeking comfort from each other.

The pain of losing a loved one could be seen in the tear filled eyes and the strained faces.

It was very clear that Kima Bradley was a very special person. Her sister, Mary Lawrence, told us, "She loved her children and she was a good supportive mother."

Kima was also kindhearted according to Lawrence,  "She would do anything she could for anybody. Even when she first started working here she came to me and said, 'Mary, I want to give something back to the community.'"

Bradley's husband, Calbin was still in shock over the death of his wife, wondering what happened and why.

"We are devastated right now and it's hard on everybody. We're going to kind of maintain and figure out everything that's going on right now," Bradley said.

Late in the day, Gulfport police said the company that Bradley worked for, Labor Finders, was not the target of the crime. They also said the shooting was no random act of violence.  Kima Bradley was the lone target of a killer that gunned her down.

Calbin Bradley was stunned by that news.

"I don't see why she would have been the target of anything," Bradley said. "She never bothered anybody, never hurt anyone, so I don't see why anybody would want to take a chance and hurt her like that."

As for how the large family is going to cope with the painful loss of their loved one, sister Mary says there was only one way.

"We're going to pray and we're going to seek the Lord and we're going to love each other even more. And as far as her three kids are concerned, she has like I say, 13 siblings that are going to step up to the plate."

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