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Memorial to Kimberly Watts brings a crowd to Long Beach pavilion

A supporter prays during a memorial service Saturday for Kimberly Watts at the Long Beach pavilion. (Photo source: WLOX News) A supporter prays during a memorial service Saturday for Kimberly Watts at the Long Beach pavilion. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Kimberly Watt's one-year memorial service brought nearly 150 people out in rainy weather Saturday. (Photo source: WLOX News) Kimberly Watt's one-year memorial service brought nearly 150 people out in rainy weather Saturday. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Kimberly Watts was murdered Nov. 10, 2014. Police have a suspect but have been unable to make an arrest. (Photo source: WLOX News) Kimberly Watts was murdered Nov. 10, 2014. Police have a suspect but have been unable to make an arrest. (Photo source: WLOX News)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

Despite their own grief, the Watts family has become the face and voice for so many, supporting others going through the same pain of losing a family member to violence.

Now, almost a year since Kimberly Watts’ murder, that support has come full circle.

Nearly 150 people crammed into the Long Beach pavilion Saturday, despite the weather, to honor Kimberly and support her family.

“When this first happened, almost a year ago, we had so many people say, ‘What can we do for you?’” said her brother-in-law George Bass. “We’d tell them, ‘We need prayer of understanding, prayer of acceptance, prayer that we'll just get through this.’”

Brother Joseph Holcomb was moved by the show of support.

“She was just a fantastic person and everyone loved her, as this very good turnout shows,” said Brother Joseph. “That they’ve gotten out in the inclement weather to pay some respect one more time to her.”

Friends and family took turns sharing their stories.

“I’m so thankful they came out tonight to support the family because this is a family that is loved,” said long-time family friend Janet Welch. “And this community and the support that their showing, it’s great.”

Regina Monica of Diamondhead agreed.

“Kim was just a loving person,” Monica said. “She cared about everybody, one of the best nurses you’ll ever meet, loved her family, loved her son, loved her friends. Couldn’t ask for a better person.”

Added Welch: “My heart hurts for them. I can’t imagine how they’ve been able to walk through this, and I know it’s by the grace of God that they have.”

Police have a person of interest, but not enough evidence to bring charges.

The reward is now up to $20,000 for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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