PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - WLOX has learned family members found murdered in their Jefferson Davis County home are relatives of a Pascagoula firefighter. The bodies of Arvin Smith, 80, Maxine Smith, 74, and their son Roland Smith, 48, were discovered early Friday.
Will Hunter, President of the Pascagoula Firefighters Association, told WLOX that Pascagoula firefighter Rocky Smith of Moss Point is the son and brother of the victims. Hunter said their wake will take place Sunday night in Prentiss with the funeral set for Monday morning.
He said fellow firefighters will meet early on Monday to travel to the funeral to support Rocky. Afterwards, they will help him to clean out his parents home. Hunter said Rocky and a surviving brother need to try to sell the house to cover expenses. Hunter said only Arvin Smith had life insurance and the Smith family is struggling to find money to cover funeral costs for Maxine and Roland Smith. Hunter said he is in the process of trying to set up a benefit bank account.
Officials said Rocky Smith is a 20 year veteran of the Pascagoula fire department. He has two daughters and several grandchildren.
"Our thoughts, prayers and hearts go out to him," said Will Hunter. "We'll be by his side throughout this process and do whatever we can to raise funds to take care of his loved ones."
Hunter said Roland Smith also served as a Pascagoula firefighter around 1999.
Meanwhile, Jefferson Davis County investigators said some suspects are being interviewed. Jeff Davis Coroner Jim Slater said an autopsy late Friday confirmed that all three died from multiple gunshots. Tolar said authorities are trying to determine a motive.
A cousin of Arvin Smith said she called police from her home across the street after hearing gunshots and seeing muzzle flashes. WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg reported that Arvin and Maxine were killed with a shotgun while their son Roland was killed with an assault riffle.
Anyone with information is urged to call 601-792-5169.