PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - While the attention focuses on the search for the killers and the motive in the fatal shootings in Pass Christian, one business wants to thank the police officers who have spent long hours investigating the crime.
On Fat Tuesday, several streets in downtown Pass Christian were still littered with broken beads and other debris, reminders of the big Mardi Gras party there on Sunday.
Also on the minds of many people - the fatal shootings after the parade that rocked this small city.
"Just a little disappointed in people, more than anything," said A.J. Pace. "People don't pay attention. They're shooting and they don't know the effects it has on people until afterward, and it's tragic."
Pace is the manager of Martin's Hardware, a Davis Ave. business on the parade route. Monday, Pace posted signs on the doors and in the aisles to show his appreciation for the police officers, and the new chief, as they work to solve the double shootings.
"So this being his first year, he's got a lot to deal with and we just want to let him know, and our officers and public works, that we support them all," said Pace.
Pace hopes everyone who walks through the doors will in turn thank all the city employees who help keep the Pass safe and clean.
"I think it's wonderful. I think it's commendable. I think it's a dangerous job to have these days, because of our gun laws," said Audrey Montgomery of Gulfport.
Pace says he has several friends on the city's police force and during times of tragedy, the small community sticks together.
"I sent all my guys I know personally, 'Thanks for everything you do. You do a great job.' I hope the investigation works out well for our families and for the police department," said Pace.
The city's Public Works Department took off Tuesday for Mardi Gras, so the parade clean up should resume early Wednesday morning.