GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport man accused of murdering his cousin has been found guilty.
Chris Andre Fairley, 27, was sentenced to life in prison on March 9 for the death Mark Fairley; who family remembers as a man with a big sense of humor.
"We had some good times together," said his step-father, Leeroy Carter. "We used to go fishing and even when were to go places, I could just sit and watch him make people happy."
An ongoing feud between the two family members led to a verbal argument, then a fatal shooting on July 15, 2015. After shooting Mark - who was unarmed - three times, Chris fled the scene with his girlfriend. He was located by police just minutes after the shooting with a pistol in his vehicle.
During the two-day trial, Chris told the jury that he fired in self-defense because he thought Mark was reaching for a gun. However, Chris was unable to provide specific details from the event, claiming to have "blacked out".
Memories of Trinity Hall's last phone call with her brother Mark are never far away.
"I felt real good. I was happy to hear from him that particular day," said Hall. "I was like, 'I'm going to start calling him more. I'm going to start calling him more.' I just never got to."
Chris' mother, Remona Carter, is still haunted with the memories.
"I really wish Chris had joined with us, talked with us. Told us how sorry he was," Carter said. "I wish he would have righted what he did. He could have righted that wrong by coming forth and saying I'm sorry."
Carter says her ministry has been strengthened by what has happened, and her message to young people is even more focused.
"Now, we want to encourage the young people all the more when it comes to anger," she said. "Thinking twice, and thinking three times, before you want to kill."