Chief: Homeless man found dead in shed was murdered - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Chief: Homeless man found dead in shed was murdered

Posted: Updated:
WLOX News Reporter Al Showers interviewed David Bourgeois just last month at a cold weather shelter at Central Bible Church in Bay St. Louis. WLOX News Reporter Al Showers interviewed David Bourgeois just last month at a cold weather shelter at Central Bible Church in Bay St. Louis.
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -

Hancock County's homeless community is in shock after learning one of their own was murdered. Police say the body of David Bourgeois, 58, was found on Christmas Day in an abandoned shed he called home.

Members of Hancock County's homeless population gathered at King's Kitchen in Bay St. Louis Thursday for a hot meal. Many who showed up were friends of the murder victim.

"It's a shock man, I'm surprised he's gone," said Todd Wimbish.

Wimbish often camped out with David Bourgeois. He even visited him at the place Bourgeois called home.

"Being on the streets, you see him going from place to place. He's a cool dude as long as he wasn't upset or mad. He's a good dude. He'd talk to anybody," explained Wimbish.

Bourgeois talked to WLOX when South Mississippi saw its first hard freeze of the year in November. He was proud to show off the warm coat he received from Central Bible Church's clothes closet for the needy.

"It makes me feel kind of sad, but he's probably in a better place," said Kelly Redford.

Redford was one of Bourgeois' best friends. He said he didn't deserve to be murdered.

"The only thing I can say is, I wouldn't know really who would want to do that."

Police have released few details about the circumstances surrounding the murder. They wouldn't say exactly how the victim died or if they have a suspect in the case. But investigators did say they have some strong leads to go on.

"For somebody to do that to somebody who don't have nothing, to take it to the extreme to murder them or cause him any kind of harm at all, it's kind of scary. Because we're all out here in the same way," Wimbish said.

Wimbish and others are now just hoping the person responsible is brought to justice. The shed where Bourgeois lived is on Highway 90 about a block west of the Waveland Walmart.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
  • Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
    (WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
    A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
  • Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:53:06 GMT
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party.More >>
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party. Deputies said it escalated into a gun battle near the Cadillac Club on Thelma Andrews Road.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.