Pascagoula Family Mourns Murdered Son - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

2/20/05

Pascagoula Family Mourns Murdered Son

A Pascagoula family is searching for answers on who murdered 27-year-old Michael Gilly. Police found the 1996 Pascagoula High graduate shot to death in his Mobile apartment on Friday. So far no one has been arrested.Gilly's family told Danielle Thomas they can't understand why anyone would want to hurt the loving son and father.

The pictures brought a mixtures of joy and pain. At their home in Pascagoula Michael Gilly's family sifted through old photos and spoke of how he had always shown love and concern for everyone especially his young son.

Lester Baker is Gilly's stepfather. "When he had Ethan. They went places together and did things together. He worked with Ethan. Ethan was his heart. His life."

Sometime last week the life of the University of South Alabama student was cut short. On Friday after days of unreturned calls, Gilly's family learned he hadn't shown up for work or school. Fearing something was wrong, they called police and headed to Mobile. As they were driving, the phone rang.

"We got the phone call that the police found Michael in his appartment.We got there the police where there. They told us he was in the apartment and that he was deceased."

Gilly's family soon learned from police that he had been murdered and that several of his belongings including his car were missing. His car was later found a mile away.

Baker says the shooting is senseless since Gilly would have given anything he had to someone who needed it.

"The hard thing right now is why something like this happened. Why did they have to take Michael away from us? Michael had so much promise ahead of him and now we've got a five-year-old grandson that doesn't have a father now."

Michael Gilly's wake will be Monday at the Jackson County funeral Home. The funeral is scheduled for Tuesday morning at Ingalls Avenue Baptist Church.

The family says police told them Gilly had been dead for about two days before his body was found. If you have any information please call the Mobile Police Department at 251-208-7211.

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