GULFPORT -- If Nigel Deandra Poole was around, there's a good chance he was cutting up or saying something to make you laugh, his friends said Sunday as they stood in a driveway on 19th Street, about a block from where Poole's blood stained the grass and pavement.
The 16-year-old, police said, was shot in the head Saturday night near the 4700 block of the street, in a grassy alley behind a home.
At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, a family member confirmed Poole had died in a Mobile hospital. He was airlifted there Saturday after American Medical Response took him to a local hospital for treatment.
He was surrounded by family when he passed away.
Gulfport police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said the suspect, 15-year-old Kobe Jaquan Augustine, was arrested on an aggravated assault charge Sunday at 12:15 a.m. Poole's death resulted in an upgraded charge of first-degree murder. His bond, originally set at $300,000 by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner, was increased to $1 million, set by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner.
Augustine was taken from his home to the Harrison County jail without incident.
About a dozen teenagers and some adults gathered to remember Poole on Sunday morning, and they remember him as a harmless teen who was always in a good mood.
"I watched the man grow up from down there and taller," said Irby Jules, 20, of Gulfport. Jules said his mother is Poole's godmother.
"Everybody around here knows Nigel," he said. Poole lived off of Broad Avenue, he said.
Friends said Poole was always joking around and looking for laughs. He was enrolled at the Climb CDC Workforce Training Institute, CEO Lori West said on Monday.
"This young man was attempting to improve his life, and that's how he needs to be remembered," West said.
Friends of Poole took to Facebook invited those who want to remember him to attend a candlelight vigil service Monday night at 8 p.m. at the location of the shooting.
"Bring bears, balloons or just yaself," the post said. "Come show him some love."
"If you know him, you know he didn't mean no harm," said William Harris, 28, of Gulfport.
Jules said that Poole and Augustine knew each other.
"They was homeboys," he said. "They was just together yesterday. They were supposed to be friends and that type of stuff."
McDaniel said the Gulfport Fire Department also responded to the scene of the shooting.
The incident is still under investigation.
Sun Herald reporters Wesley Muller and Regina Zilbermints contributed to this report.