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Police officer's hug calms chaos after deadly shooting

Sgt. Edward Walley calms Deesther Simpson, the fiancee of murder victim Isaiah Major III. (Photo source: WLOX News) Sgt. Edward Walley calms Deesther Simpson, the fiancee of murder victim Isaiah Major III. (Photo source: WLOX News)
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    Family of Pass Christian shooting victim speaks out

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    Shooting victim Carlos Bates (Photo Source: Facebook)Shooting victim Carlos Bates (Photo Source: Facebook)
    Shooting victim Carlos Bates (Photo Source: Facebook)Shooting victim Carlos Bates (Photo Source: Facebook)

    Rosie McLaurin can't believe her first born is gone. "If anybody know Carlos, he at the studio 24/7 if he ain't going to bond somebody out of jail or cut somebody hair," said McLaurin. Carlos Bates, a 29 year-old resident of Gulfport, was one of two killed after a shooting following the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade Sunday. 

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    Rosie McLaurin can't believe her first born is gone. "If anybody know Carlos, he at the studio 24/7 if he ain't going to bond somebody out of jail or cut somebody hair," said McLaurin. Carlos Bates, a 29 year-old resident of Gulfport, was one of two killed after a shooting following the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade Sunday. 

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  • Business shows support for Pass police during fatal shooting investigation

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    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. More >>

    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.

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  • Girlfriend of Pass parade shooting victim shares deadly story

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    Shooting victim Isaiah Major III (Photo source: Family photo)Shooting victim Isaiah Major III (Photo source: Family photo)

    The fiancee of one of the Pass Christian shooting victims says her boyfriend of 9 years was an innocent bystander following the parade. Deesther Simpson said 43-year-old Isaiah Major III of Bay St. Louis, who is known by his close friends as "Winky", died in her arms minding his own business.

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    The fiancee of one of the Pass Christian shooting victims says her boyfriend of 9 years was an innocent bystander following the parade. Deesther Simpson said 43-year-old Isaiah Major III of Bay St. Louis, who is known by his close friends as "Winky", died in her arms minding his own business.

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  • Friends, family of parade shooting victims gather at hospital

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    Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A deadly shooting following the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade Sunday left two dead and four others injured. As word began to spread about the shooting, family and friends of the victims rushed to Memorial Hospital in Gulfport.

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  • Pass Christian neighbors on edge after deadly shooting

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    Monday morning, residents in the quiet neighborhoods near the scene of Sunday's fatal shootings in Pass Christian were trying to make sense of what happened the day before. Gunshots near the parade route left two dead and sent four to the hospital.

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    Monday morning, residents in the quiet neighborhoods near the scene of Sunday's fatal shootings in Pass Christian were trying to make sense of what happened the day before. Gunshots near the parade route left two dead and sent four to the hospital.

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  • Pass parade shooting suspect or suspects still at large

    Pass parade shooting suspect or suspects still at large

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    Remnants of the crime scene still remain. (Image Source: WLOX News)Remnants of the crime scene still remain. (Image Source: WLOX News)

    So many unanswered questions, but so many tips. Police say they are combing through evidence and information to close in on the person or persons who wreaked havoc just minutes after the St. Paul Carnival Association parade ended. "There's a tremendous amount of information and evidence that has been collected in this case so far and we're having to sift through that," said Police Chief Tim Hendricks. 

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    Two of the people injured in Sunday night's deadly shooting following the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade have been released from the hospital. Two others are listed in stable condition. 

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    Two of the people injured in Sunday night's deadly shooting following the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade have been released from the hospital. Two others are listed in stable condition. 

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  • Two shot dead at Pass Christian parade identified

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    Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove has released the names of the two victims shot dead at the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade Sunday evening.

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    Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove has released the names of the two victims shot dead at the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade Sunday evening.

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PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -

It was a single hug felt by many. In the middle of a chaotic murder scene in Pass Christian, a tussle with a distraught family member could have gone terribly wrong. But an officer’s hug was just the right medicine at the right time.

The scene was a nightmare.

"Mass chaos," said Sgt. Edward Walley. "People running in every direction. People laying on the ground. People trying to assist the people laying on the ground."

Two people were dead and four wounded in a shootout after the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade Sunday. Sgt. Walley was in the middle of it all.

A distraught woman came onto the scene. Officers didn’t know she was the fiancee of one of the victims, Isaiah Major III.

When nothing else worked, Walley stepped in. He used a hug instead of handcuffs to calm to situation. It created a huge reaction on social media. And it was a hug that Deesther Simpson will never forget.

"It kind of got heated with another officer. I was just trying to explain to him," she said. "I was like, ‘I was right there. I was right there. I just got out of the car. I was right there.’ And when the other officer just came and put his arms around me, made me feel so good. He made me feel so good."

Walley said his reaction was what anyone would have done.

"You just try to comfort people," he said. "Most people that are victims of stuff like that just want to talk. They just want somebody to hear their story and let them talk. And show that compassion and care that people want."

He tries to deflect the reaction.

"She wasn't a threat to anything that was going on or anybody. She was just hurt. And when you deal with somebody like that, it touches you, too."

Police Chief Tim Hendricks also came to comfort.

"She was very distraught," he said. "And he did the same thing that most humans would do is console somebody."

Deesther’s mother, Veronica Simpson, said the gesture goes beyond just one person's comfort.

"It was such a rare and sincere act to see a police officer step up and show his humanity for the general public," she said. "To me, that sent such a strong message that good always outweigh the bad."

Added Deesther: "I just want to thank him so much for making me feel safe."

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