GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Family and friends of a Gulfport teen shot and killed Tuesday night gathered Wednesday for comfort and prayer. They asked God to lessen their pain and bring those responsible to justice.
Just hours later Gulfport Police made two arrests in the case, and in the process brought the family one step closer to healing.
"I'm still stunned, still waiting for my baby to come home," Josh Cuellar said with a blank stare and tears in his eyes. "I was the last one to see him and I got to hold him. He always hugged me and gave me a big hug and told me he loved me every single time."
Cuellar will never again hear those words from his only son, 15-year-old Josh Xavier Cuellar, known better as Xae.
Tuesday night around 7pm, police found the teen lying lifeless on Lowes Avenue, just about a mile from where he lived. He was rushed to the hospital, but died 30 minutes later.
Family members said Xae was shot in the head and chest.
"He was funny, he kept us laughing and now he's not here no more," Cuellar said.
"He's a baby, just a baby," Xae's grandmother, Carmen Cuellar said with tears streaming down her face.
She and her husband jumped in the car and drove from Texas as soon as they heard their grandson had been shot.
"We are all here to help each other get through this," Carmen Cuellar said. "He's our little blessed angel now. There's nothing more I can say; he's our little angel."
Family and friends spent Wednesday at Xae's house crying together, sharing stories and hugs. Neighbor James Griffin gathered everyone in a circle to hold hands and pray.
"Everything is going to be alright, everything is going to be alright Lord Jesus," Griffin said.
With God's help, Griffin believes they will find comfort and answers.
"Doesn't make sense at all and I hope they find whoever did it because they need to be punished," Griffin said.
"Help us, help us find this person let us have justice, let him sleep in peace," Josh Cuellar begged with tears in his eyes. "These kids are out sleeping perfect tonight and my son's dead."
Those prayers were answered Wednesday night around 7pm when two teenagers were arrested and charged with Cuellar's murder. Sellers Johnson, 17, and Damon Demond Clark, 16, are being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility in lieu of $1 million bonds. But the investigation into the teen's death is ongoing.