Family mourns at funeral of 21-year-old

Family mourns at funeral of 21-year-old

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - As the investigation continues into the deadly shooting of 21-year-old Stanton Saunders, family and friends laid him to rest on Saturday.

"He's the youngest of us six, and we shouldn't have to bury our baby brother," said Tonda McGinnis.

McGinnis is having a hard time dealing with the death of brother, and she's not the only one.

"To lay my little brother down today and know I'll never see him again is one of the most devastating things that my family and I will have to go through. Tomorrow he'll be forgotten in the community by many, but he'll never be forgotten by us," said McGinnis.

Saunders was killed on June 8 in Gulfport; one of two shootings within 12 hours in the same area.

"Anytime you lose someone, especially at this age and the way it happened, and took place is senseless. It's all senseless," said Richard Kevin Black.

McGinnis attended her brother's funeral with a heavy heart, hoping that the violence that took his life can come to an end before other lives are taken.

"If somebody angers you, pray for them, If somebody upsets you, just let it go. It's not worth a life. It's not only my family that's devastated, it's also the families involved that are devastated," said McGinnis.

The family hoping the person responsible for Saunders Murder will come forward.    

"It's horrible, we need to learn to love each other. God gave us two commandments: Love God and love one another as we love ourselves....this is not the way our community was meant to love," said McGinnis.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast has seen more than two dozen shooting crimes in the first half 2016; 14 fatal. 

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