Harrison County

Victims of Pass shooting remembered at vigil

JEFF CLARK/SUN HERALD 
 Friends and family of Isaiah "Winky" Major II and Carlos "Los" Bates attend a vigil Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 in Gulfport.
JEFF CLARK/SUN HERALD Friends and family of Isaiah "Winky" Major II and Carlos "Los" Bates attend a vigil Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 in Gulfport.

GULFPORT -- Charlette Sims said Sunday was "just unbelievable."

"It was the worst day of our life," she said.

Sims received a phone call Sunday informing her that her nephew Isaiah "Winky" Major III had, along with Carlos "Los" Bates, been shot and killed after Pass Christian's Mardi Gras parade.

"We were at home and his mother was asleep because she works at night," Sims said. "His baby's mother called me and I thought she was kidding around, but it was for real."

Saying goodbye

Sims joined about 50 friends and family members Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil at BluEnvy nightclub in Gulfport.

The scene was very somber as many hung their heads and others weren't able to hold back tears as they paid homage to the two men who were killed during a Sunday shooting that sent four others to area hospitals.

"Our condolences go out to the Bates family," Mims said. "His wife was right there when it happened. I know the pain and hurt she is feeling."

"A great father"

Rose McClaurin, Major's mother, was at the vigil. She remained in a car until just before the candle lighting ceremony, which provided flecks of light in the dark parking lot.

"I didn't go to the parade, but I had to go there after it happened, McLaurin said.

She said her son had a family of his own.

"Y'all took away a good child of mine," McLaurin said. "He was a great father, not only to his kids but to all of the kids in our family."

The vigil was hosted by the club's owner, Meek Moore. Moore led the ceremony and encouraged the participants not to seek vengeance.

"There has been enough violence," Moore said. "The violence has to stop. I wish that we could have stopped this a week ago. We are going to make sure that these two men get a proper burial."

Beverly Smith has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Bates' funeral cost.

No arrests made

Two days after the murders, Pass Christian Police Chief Tim Hendricks is still searching for answers to the violence.

Hendricks on Tuesday said that there was no new information surrounding the case.

"We did a lot of interviews Monday and we have several leads that we are following," he said.

No arrests have been made.

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