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Seashore Mission family mourns one man's death on tracks, worries about another missing

Marc Leblanc
Marc Leblanc

BILOXI -- The homeless community and staff at Seashore Mission lost a friend when a train hit and killed 51-year-old Calvin Pritchett at the Caillavet Street crossing Saturday night.

"Most everyone here knew him," said Judy Longo, pastor and director at the nonprofit organization in East Biloxi that feeds and clothes the homeless, along with providing other services.

Pritchett often ate at the mission, and he got his mail there.

"He was just the nicest guy you'd want to meet," said board member and volunteer Tim Cottrell. "He was always pleasant, even when he was drinking."

Pritchett had family that lived nearby. Pritchett's brother-in-law, David Kemp, said Pritchett used to get steady work through a day labor company, but fell and injured his knee about a year ago. Pritchett usually walked with a cane.

Biloxi police officers were called to the railroad tracks at 8:05 p.m. Saturday. They said Pritchett was apparently walking across the tracks when the train hit him.

He was lying on the south side of the tracks when officers found him. Less than an hour later, he was pronounced dead at Merit Health Biloxi.

Seashore congregants spoke about Prichett after church services and lunch Sunday afternoon. Longo mentioned a second member of the community, Marc Leblanc, who she said is missing.

Leblanc first showed up at the Methodist ministry in 2010 and stayed around, volunteering his time at the desk and with church services. Longo said she reported Leblanc missing last week because he has not been seen in a month,

Leblanc was living with a friend in a mobile home in Woolmarket, where his possessions remain. His friends say he was working at Target, Cottrell said Leblanc never picked up his last check, leading his friends to worry that something bad has happened.

Leblanc is 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs around 400 pounds and wears his graying hair in a ponytail.

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