Crime wave hits the Coast


Today’s fatal shooting in Biloxi makes number six on the growing homicide list in Harrison County.

Over the last week, a crime wave washed over the Coast, hitting Harrison County the hardest. Six Gulf Coast residents in seven days have been the victim of gun violence.

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Monday, February 24th a Biloxi family lost 16-year-old Madison Harris after her family says they discovered on a doorbell home security video the suspects leaving the Harris grandparent’s home following an alleged robbery-turned-murder. The community held a vigil at the Biloxi Lighthouse to honor Madison’s memory on Tuesday.

In Long Beach, Wednesday, February 26th, after what law enforcement says was a fight between 33-year-old Brandon Bodie and 61-year-old Kenneth Sellier, shots rang out at 1 a.m. Bodie was pronounced dead at the scene and Sellier is being charged with one count of manslaughter.

Saturday, February 29th in Biloxi around 11:52 a.m. police responded to a scene near 200 Nixon Street where they found a boy under the age of 18 suffering from a gunshot wound. He later died of his injuries.  The investigation revealed the victim and 15-year-old Bennie Hiep Lu were playing with a gun when Lu pulled the trigger, believing the gun to be unloaded.

Next, in Gulfport Sunday morning, a man was taken to a Bay St. Louis Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. He was identified later as 30-year-old Lamar Henry, who died after arrival at the hospital.

Also in Biloxi, 43-year-old Michael Edward Reis flagged down Biloxi police officers near Porter Avenue and Beach Boulevard to tell them he wanted to turn himself in after allegedly murdering his wife. Police went to their residence on Popps Ferry Road and found 40-year-old Jennifer Reis dead inside the home.

The latest fatality happening on Monday, March 2nd where 33-year-old Devan Williams of Gulfport was shot and later died at the hospital.

If you have any information on any of these cases you are urged to contact law enforcement or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers. Remember, they don’t want your name, just the information.


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