“I think it’s just going to carry on. This might be something that we can do every year,” Brantley Ellison said.
People from B.E. Fit gym along with other locals walked from Jones Park in Gulfport to the Biloxi Town Green, a distance of 12.6 miles in honor of McKeithen’s badge number 126.
“A lot of people want to volunteer for a lot of different things, and they just need an opportunity and a way," Ellison said. "I think today we created and used our platform as an organization to give these people a way to come out and show their love and support.”
Ellison said the whole idea and the execution came about quickly. They had one week to take that desire inside of them and make something out of it.
“It really came together fast. It caught on like wildfire. I think it’s awesome it didn’t take a lot of time at all,” he said.
It went even further than 12 miles. One of the walkers called Sal and Mookies Pizza and Ice Cream to set up a donation fund for McKeithen’s family.
“It really hit home when Officer McKeithen was killed,” said Giselle Plescia, the woman who had the idea to donate.
Just over 21% from every bill on Sunday will be taken out for the family. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is a relay a tough burden to bear without considering the monetary cost.
“It’s very difficult and sometimes. The financial situation can be very difficult, so we are just doing what we can,” Plescia said
These people said that as long as the police are around, they will be there to support them.