GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport family is pulling together to raise three motherless children in the aftermath of what the family calls a senseless murder. In 2009, Katrina Sargent was shot to death in front of her home on West Virginia Avenue. On Thursday, a judge sentenced Twonia Renee Williams, 48, to life in prison for the murder.
At the center of this tragic story is a love triangle. Prosecutors said Williams murdered Sargent in a dispute over a man.
Minnie McCall and Barbara McCall said the 30-year-old Sargent was a beloved daughter, sister, and mother.
"Outgoing. Fun loving. Very kind," said Barbara McCall, Sargent's sister. "Just full of life."
Sargent's life ended the night that Williams showed up at her house to confront an ex boyfriend who had begun seeing Sargent. Prosecutors said when Sargent threatened to call the police, Williams shot her. During the trial, Sargent's family had to relive her murder from the 911 call to crime scene photos.
"I wanted justice, but then every once and awhile I would come out because of the evidence," said Sargent's mother, Minnie McCall. "Some of it was really getting to me about how her brain was. I would tell anybody they wouldn't want to go through that because you've got to sit there and you've got to listen to that. Then you've got to look at the one that did it."
Barbara McCall said, "When they came back with murder. I was like, 'Thank you God. Thank you.' If we can't live with Trina no more, she should never have no freedom."
Sargent left behind three children: Rayon, Misha and Marcus. The kids are now 14, 11, and 9.
"She was a sweet person," said Minnie McCall. "Everywhere she went, she took her kids."
Barbara McCall said she and her sister have very similar features.
"Her daughter, she always tells me, 'You look like my mom.' I'm like, 'I'm a part of your mom.'"
"I will always be there for her. I love them and I'm going to do my best to be in their lives. I'm sorry that they have to deal with this. They're so young. They've always had their mom by their side, so I know it's hard for them to wake up and their mom is not there."
Minnie McCall said a few months after her daughter's murder, her husband, Neal McCall, passed away. She believes he died of a broken heart. The family said one of Sargent's children witnessed her murder.