GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The call for justice in the murder case of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson remains strong in the city of Gulfport. On Saturday, another rally was held in honor of the young child.
"The person that murdered this child, to be honest with you, we want to see him to death. We want to see him put to death. You can't have people like this walking around, because they're lower than animals to do a child like this," said Weldon Lee, from Operations Help Civil Rights Group.
'No justice, no peace,' is the message hundreds of people have been screaming out for days now in honor of little Janaya Thompson.
Police continue to gather evidence against suspected murderer Alberto Garcia. They are also looking deeper into a person of interest, Julian Gray, who's currently behind bars charged with an unrelated rape. Supporters at the rally said until the case is closed, their voices will be heard.
"Justice has to prevail so they can be at peace, you know, that's all. I came down to pay my respects," supporter Eddie Osborne said.
Leaders of the Operations Help Civil Rights Group say the mission of their rallies will be to show that it's not about the color of skin, but the power of justice for all. They want the person who took the life of a little angel at such a young age to be properly punished.
"We've lost a 5-year-old little girl that didn't get to live her life. It's not about her color. We're not about color. It's about people, because we all have civil rights. We all bleed red," Vickie Wilkerson said.
The Operation Help Civil Rights Group will hold another rally on August 9, at 6 p.m.