19-year-old found dead with gunshot wound in Gulfport

A Gulfport teen, weeks away from joining the military, has been found dead with a gunshot wound.

According to Harrison County Deputy Coroner Ben Bentz, 19-year-old Ozell Addison Jr. was found dead in the 2000 block of 31st Street and 20th Avenue.

Gulfport police tells News 25 the teen joined their ‘Before the Bullet Program’ two months ago. That program is an intervention program made by the Gulfport Police Department that identifies at-risk youth and tries to find ways for them to be successful through conversation and mentorship.

The program helped Addison find a job, maneuver legal obligations, and he worked with a military recruiter to prepare to serve our country.

Gulfport Police Sgt. and mentor Jason Ducre says he had high hopes for Ozell.

Gulfport police are working many leads in the course of this investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

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