MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Police say 24-year-old Darnell Bolton was one of three people shot Sunday night after he tried to break up a fight at a car wash on Jefferson Avenue in Moss Point.
Less than 24 hours after Bolton was gunned down, his friends and family gathered Monday to remember him.
"If you have hate in your heart let it go," said Bolton's high school classmate Germany Tate.
Bolton was a member of the Moss Point High School Class of 2011. With heavy hearts his classmates organized a vigil and released balloons in his memory.
"We're family and we are Darnell Bolton," said Tate.
After graduating Darnell joined the Army and was living in Texas. He leaves behind his wife and a three-year old daughter. He came back to Moss Point for what he thought was going to be a quick visit. His mother-in-law and father-in-law are in disbelief.
"He came home because I lost my brother, he was a pallbearer and he didn't make it," said Linda Brown, Bolton's mother-in-law. "He's on the obituary, it's just sad."
In an effort to start a change and awareness of violence, a family friend of Darnell's is creating a call for prayer to meet once a month in Moss Point.
"I believe this is going to be a start for God moving within our community, within our family, within our neighborhood, within this nation," said Ashelia McCorvey, a family friend of Bolton's.
McCorvey invites everyone in the Moss Point community to attend the call for prayer. She plans to host it the first Saturday of every month at Southgate Shopping Center beginning at 7 a.m.
One of the other victims is in critical condition after undergoing surgery, and a third person is in stable condition. Investigators haven't made any arrests, and they're still trying to figure out what sparked the gunfire.