BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - The White House Hotel hosted a fundraiser Thursday night to support the family of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen, who was shot and killed earlier this month.
White and blue tables lined the hotel’s front lawn, along with decorations that symbolized solidarity with the Biloxi Police Department.
Guests browsed the silent auction, which was hosted by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The non-profit organization supports first responders and their families nationwide.
Loved ones of Officer McKeithen took a moment to share memories to the crowd. Among them were Clay Jones, city manager for D’Iberville. Jones said McKeithen’s kind nature is a model everyone should follow.
“It’s so important that we remember how to treat each other, just like Robert treated everyone else," said Jones.
Lt. Thomas Goldsworthy said the Biloxi Police are still in shock after McKeithen’s sudden death, but the outpouring of love from the community is helping them heal.
“To see the love and caring from the community going out to us, to the family, to Mac himself," said Goldsworthy. "We see it. We appreciate it. We recognize it.”
All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the McKeithen family.
The event was made possible through contributions from Centennial Plaza, Margaritaville and the White House Hotel, according to organizer Angie Dearman.