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McComb remembers Officer Liquori Tate

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MCCOMB, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A packed crowd in McComb Thursday night remembered fallen Hattiesburg Police Officer Liquori Tate. The candlelight vigil drew law enforcement from as far away as Louisiana to honor their brother in blue.

Many people shared stories and talked about just what kind of person Tate was.

It started with a procession filled with officers from far and wide, many who never knew Officer Tate. Still, the bonds were strong.

"Most certainly, regardless of where they're from, they're showing support," said State Rep. David Myers. "Most certainly, here in McComb, for folks who knew him and his family, we're heartbroken."

Inside the Community of Believers Cultural Fellowship, a candlelight vigil quickly became a worship service, as those who knew Tate smiled through the pain, rejoicing because of their faith in God.

"He was a very humble person," said Neno Holmes, who went to community college with Tate. "I just can't get that out of my head. He was a very humble person, and his smile, every time you see him, he'd have a smile on his face like he never had a sad moment."

Tate's ties run deep in Pike County. He graduated high school there. Some of his family still lives there.

Now, a community has come together to remember him, and Magnolia Mayor Anthony Witherspoon says the support he's seen is nothing short of amazing.

"I haven't seen that type of coming together in the community maybe since Katrina," said Witherspoon. "It's amazing how sometimes tragedies bring communities together."

Thursday's vigil, organized by Tate's pastor and countless others, represents an example of that. Pastor Greg Partman said he thinks Tate's impact will be felt for years to come.

"He turned it around, fulfilled his dream, and God decides to use him in the state of Mississippi to say not that black lives matter, not white lives matter, but all lives matter," said Greg Partman.

Visitation for Officer Liquori Tate will be at West Point Baptist Church in Hattiesburg Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. A homegoing service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m.

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