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Murder victim remembered as a proud Marine who loved his family

Don Morris Don Morris
Morris was in the carnival business for much of his life. He moved to Biloxi in March with a few carnival games and a snack shack and set up at the Big Play amusement park on Hwy 90. Morris was in the carnival business for much of his life. He moved to Biloxi in March with a few carnival games and a snack shack and set up at the Big Play amusement park on Hwy 90.
Hazel Morris told WLOX News her son moved to Biloxi to be closer to her. Hazel Morris told WLOX News her son moved to Biloxi to be closer to her.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Mike Herring could not help but tear up when he talked about his best friend of 30 years, Don Morris.

"I just don't want to think about him not being there," Herring said.

Morris was shot in the head Sunday night in Biloxi. Police first thought Morris died from injuries received when his car wrecked, but an autopsy uncovered he was murdered.

"He was just a good all around fellow, he was proud to be a Marine, proud of his family," Herring said. "He was there if you needed him and even if you did him wrong, he would still help you."

Herring and Morris were in the carnival business for much of their lives. They moved to Biloxi in March with a few carnival games and a snack shack and set up at the Big Play amusement park on Highway 90.

"He just wanted to be close to his mother so he could take care of her," Herring said.

Herring said Morris was on his way to his mother's house in Alabama to bring her to the doctor when he was killed.

"He just didn't deserve what he got. I don't know if it was wrong place, wrong time. I don't know why."

After years of friendship, he must learn to adjust to life without his best friend.

"I can't wake up tomorrow and it will be different because it won't be," Herring said.

Morris's mother Hazel Morris is also struggling. She lost her oldest son six years ago, her husband shortly after, and is now burying her other son. She said she does not know what she will do without him.

His girlfriend, Jane Middleton, said, "We will always love and miss him and will cherish the memories of such a good man."

Middleton described him as a big hearted man who was proud to be a Marine and loved his family and his country.

While Morris only lived in Biloxi for a short time, he also made a big impression on those he worked with at Big Play.

"Don was a real nice, real caring, outgoing person," Ferrell Warden said. "Man, he loved kids. He would give you the shirt off his back. I can't believe this happened to him."

Owner Brandon Wooldridge said, "You pay and try to win prizes, but they would always give away prizes even if they didn't win."

Now the carnival games are locked up.

"He is going to be missed," Warden said.

Those who loved Morris want his killer to know their pain.

"Every night you go to sleep and every morning you get up, I hope you see his face," Herring said. " I hope you see his crying mother and family and I hope you hear Taps every day of your life."

Biloxi investigators continue to interview people, but have not yet named any suspects or made any arrests in Morris's death.

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