Crime

‘We are grateful,’ family says after 4 charged in gang killing at Super Bowl party

District Attorney Tony Lawrence speaks at a news conference Wednesday about a fatal shooting. From left are Investigator Jason Smith, Moss Point Police Chief Brandon Ashley, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, FBI Supervisory Agent Richard Boswell and FBI Agent Jerome Lorrain.
District Attorney Tony Lawrence speaks at a news conference Wednesday about a fatal shooting. From left are Investigator Jason Smith, Moss Point Police Chief Brandon Ashley, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, FBI Supervisory Agent Richard Boswell and FBI Agent Jerome Lorrain. mbbaker@sunherald.com

Four men in custody on capital murder charges are accused in the high-profile gang-related killing of one man and the shooting of two others at a Super Bowl party in Moss Point.

Those arrested are Robert “S.J.” Jackson, 20, Darrian Dontae “Kreole K” Cooks, 20, Tykice “Kreole Ty” Laddel Watts, 20, Sirmarrion “SBM” Davis, 20, according to the Jackson County jail docket.

When the Feb. 4 killing occurred, police said the four or five armed suspects forced their way inside and started robbing those at the Super Bowl party.

Fabian Dwight Dailey was shot and killed, another man was taken to the hospital, treated and released, and a third victim was hospitalized overnight for his injuries.

Distinct Attorney Tony Lawrence and Sheriff Mike Ezell at a press conference Wednesday commended the community for stepping forward to assist in the investigation.

“I told y’all after that that people have a right to feel safe and secure in their home,” Lawrence said. “Family, friends, have a right to get together to have a party without fear of a home invasion that cost people their lives. I don’t understand why we continue to see these acts of violence in our community.”

He said the robbery and killing “was not a random thing.”

Though authorities would not identify the suspected gang associated with the attack, the investigating was continuing and more arrests are expected.

The FBI, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s office, South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and other agencies are investigating.

After the shooting, Moss Point residents expressed outrage over those who witness crimes but refuse to report information on them to authorities.

Local, state and federal investigators joined forces to identity the suspects.

Moss Point Chief Brandon Ashley on Wednesday offered special commendations to residents “for taking a stand and utilizing Crime Stoppers for information to help solve this crime.”

As far the crimes in the community, Ashley warned: “We will use every resource available to bring you to justice.”

The victim’s family attended the press conference to show their support for those who made the arrests.

“We are grateful,” said his niece, Latreka Dailey. She added the family did not know the suspects involved.

“We do not know them, but we will continue to pray for them regardless,” Dailey said.

The city has had five homicides so far this year, compared to a total of six homicides over the previous eight years combined.

After a gang-related fatal shooting in Moss Point, a man tells people gathered at a press conference at Moss Point City Hall that they are part of the problem with the city’s crime if they don’t help police when they know something about a crime.

In an interview with the Sun Herald, Police Chief Brandon Ashley said the crime was gang-related like a lot of other crimes coastwide.

“It’s not just in Moss Point,” Ashley said. “The Pascagoula gangs come over here to commit crimes.”

Ashley said the majority of crime involves “criminals shooting other criminals.”

“We are doing everything we can to arrest the perpetrators in this community, but we run into problems,” Ashley said earlier this year.” Many of the victims won’t even cooperate. They don’t cooperate even if they were shot. They just say someone in a hoodie came up and shot me and they don’t know anything. It’s the culture of ‘Don’t talk to the police. Don’t be a snitch.’ ”

After the home invasion, law enforcement adopted the motto, “If you see something, say something,” in an effort to to encourage residents to report crimes.

If you have tips, call Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898, or log on to mscoastcrimesstoppers.com or call your local law enforcement agency. Crime Stoppers offers a reward for information leading to an arrest. All tips are confidential.

As the number of violent crimes continues to grow in Moss Point, some residents are striking out on their own to try to help solve the problem. David Wright wants his city to be safer and he thinks getting the city’s youth to steer away from crime

Margaret Baker 228-896-0538, margar45

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