GULFPORT -- "All we want is justice," said relatives of a man found dead Sunday in North Gulfport.
They gathered in the rain outside the home where Aaron Wilson, 63, was found about 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the 8000 block of 34th Avenue near Meadowlark Drive. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said an autopsy to determine a cause of death is pending.
Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said authorities are investigating the death as a homicide, but the ongoing investigation prevented him from releasing further information.
Relatives and friends held on to one another for support as they tried to take in the loss of a man who had joined the U.S. Army at age 16, and went on to retire from the United States Postal Service.
Arearya Wilson ran to the scene as soon as she learned her uncle had died.
The day before, she said, her uncle had called using FaceTime, something she had just taught him days earlier.
"He was talking about my birthday and how I was cute and how he was glad I taught him FaceTime," she said. She said he wanted her to come stay the night at his house so the two could visit.
"I really wish I would have come and stayed," she said. "I told him I had to go to work."
Wilson's family said he'd just recently been baptized at Discovery Pentecostal Church on 13th Street and was enjoying his retirement.
Jeanette Mills, Wilson's sister, said she wanted people to know she and the rest of her family "love my brother for who he is and who he was, and we still love him."
Terra Wilson was close to her only uncle and breaks down when she talks about him.
"He didn't deserve to go like this, and we hurt," Wilson said. She said her uncle never did anything to harm anyone so his death simply didn't make sense.
"He is a good man," she said. "It wasn't his time to go at all and we are hurting."
Gulfport has had three other homicides this year.
In 2015, Gulfport had the region's most homicides, with seven reported that year and another seven reported the previous year.
The investigation was continuing Sunday, and no other details were released.
McDaniel encouraged anyone with information about the incident to contact authorities.
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