HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A family's wounds have resurfaced after someone vandalized a gravesite in Bay St. Louis.
Now, they say all they want is peace, so they can continue to heal after losing a loved one in a fatal shooting.
"My grandson is at rest and for someone to destroy or to do with anything that we put on his grave, I don't think that's right," Carrie Agee said.
Agee is the grandmother of 21-year-old Bruce Robinson Jr., who was shot to death in April in the yard of a vacant house on West Railroad Street in Pass Christian. She says the family is still trying to heal from his death, and to find his gravesite vandalized is like scratching those scabs off.
"It takes you back to 'my grandson is already gone. Our cousin, our nephew, our niece is already gone. Why put us through more?'" said the grandmother.
Agee says there's two families hurting after the death of her grandson - their family, and the family of 19-year-old suspect, Alexander Dedeaux who remains at the Harrison Adult Detention Center. Agree says their family isn't the type to retaliate, but wants the person or people responsible for the vandalism to stop for the sake of both families, so they can continue their healing.
"Both of them are lost. Whether they're dead or whether they're still living. There are two families that's broken. We don't need something to start up that's settling down while we're mending. We're mending. It's hard, but the family's mending," Agee said.
Alexander Joseph Dedeaux III is charged with Bruce's murder and is being held without bond. This case has been turned over to a grand jury.