Grieving grandmother wants to end violence in community

Grieving grandmother wants to end violence in community

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport grandmother's life was forever changed over the weekend--her grandson gunned down outside of M & S Convenience Store on Old Pass Road in Gulfport.

The shooter was still at large Monday night. Now the victim's grieving grandmother is speaking out.

She wants those in the area to help end the violence.

Nineteen-year-old Ray Howze's grandmother talks to WLOX News just a day after her grandson's life was taken in a shooting.

"My grandson, he was an outstanding person. He graduated from school. He had just got his trip card to go to New Orleans to go to work and I sat there and talked to him two days before then," said Jeanine Casey Handy.

During the evening hours on Sunday, the young man who aspired military service died after being shot in the head.

"My grandson was at the wrong place at the wrong time and I'm gonna see that his name would not go down in vain. I'm gonna see that we gonna get justice for what went down with him," she said.

Now she's pleading with the Gulfport community to step up and help end the violence.

"I'm tired of these people sitting back behind these doors. Behind these walls and doing what they doing. You stepped on the wrong person's toes. That was my grandson and I love him to death and I'm going to see that justice comes to get rid of all this mess up here," said Handy.

Though, she can't undo what's been done the grandmother said she can make sure another situation like this doesn't happen again.

"All this mess is going on up here. We gonna clean these streets up. So I'm calling for all the residents out here in Gaston Point, you might as well come on out because I'm coming for ya and I mean that," she added.

Police are still searching for Howze's suspected killer. Twenty-three-year-old D'Juan Holloway is facing a charge of capital murder. He was last seen wearing a red hoody and tan pants. Police said he stole a white 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Gulfport Police are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact them immediately.

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