Residents react to robbery, murder

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - "I grew up in this neighborhood. I went away for a few years and came back after school. And I actually enjoyed coming back," Moss Point resident Sarah Creer said.

Creer is like most people who live near the intersection of Highway 63 and Grierson Street in Moss Point. She is shocked at what happened there Thursday night. Michael Porter, a stranger to the area, pulled into the Conoco asking for directions and was murdered in an attempted robbery.

Creer said, "Everytime I've come here, I've really never had a problem with anybody even asking me for money, so for something like that to happen here is kinda weird."

Jaqueline McMillan agrees. She's owned a hair salon next door to the conoco for almost 11 years. She says the people who go there at night aren't a menace to her. She's even registered them to vote.

McMillan said, "We respect each other. They do not stand in front of my business, and I've been here 11 years. I've never been robbed, never been assaulted or anything."

She says people stop by her shop to ask for directions all the time. But she wasn't there the night of the murder. She was at the football game; in fact, that's where Porter was trying to go.

"This is normally a place where people stop and get directions. They always come in here, and I kinda feel like I wasn't here. And it's a shock," said McMillan.

But anyone could be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Creer said, "It's scary actually, because I'm out and about. I work and do other things, and to feel like I can't ask someone for directions, that's really scary."

The Moss Point Police are looking for three black males.  Anyone with tips on the investigation can call the Moss Point Police Department at 228-475-1711.