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Friends remember Biloxi native gunned down in Mobile

Ke'lei Morris, 24, graduated from St. Patrick High School in Biloxi. (Photo source: Nacquel Bennett) Ke'lei Morris, 24, graduated from St. Patrick High School in Biloxi. (Photo source: Nacquel Bennett)
Nacquel Bennett with Ke'lei Morris. (Photo source: Nacquel Bennett) Nacquel Bennett with Ke'lei Morris. (Photo source: Nacquel Bennett)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

As authorities in Alabama continue to search for the person responsible for the shooting that led to the death of a 24- year-old Biloxi native, her family is planning her funeral. Ke'lei Morris was shot on the doorstep of her apartment complex in Mobile, last week.

Morris grew up in Biloxi, Mississippi where she attended Nativity BVM and St. Patrick High School. Nacquel Bennett said her friendship with Ke'lei started more than 10 years ago.

"She was a very funny, inspirational, and she was just one of those people that you loved to be around. Just seeing her smile or laugh was enough to make you enjoy being around her," said Bennett.

Ke'lei went to college at the University of South Alabama, and stayed in Mobile after graduating.

"That's why she went to USA, so she could come back as soon as she could, you know. Whenever she got a chance she was here," said Bennett.

Bennett said she would visit her friend in Mobile as often as she could, and no matter how long they went without talking, the bond was always strong.

"She was a very big impact on my life, and I feel like we helped each other out. There's not really too many words to describe her. She was just such a magnificent person," said Bennett.

That's why Bennett never imagined she would receive news that her dear friend and confidant had been shot in the head.

"My reaction was, this can't be real. I couldn't wrap my mind around it. It was just really hard to believe, and it's still hard to believe. She was a great person, and I don't understand why this could happen," said Bennett.

Bennett said she slept on the hospital floor while her friend fought for her life in the Intensive Care Unit. But now that Ke'lei is gone, she is doing her best to stay strong,” said Bennett.

"We're just trying to stay positive, and God has definitely had his presence in this. You can tell he's there, and all the prayers and all of our family and friends have helped a lot," said Bennett.

No funeral arrangements have been made for Morris at this time.

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