Balloon release in memory of Gulfport teen Jaheim McMillan

Family and friends gathered in Gulfport for a balloon release in memory of 15-year-old Jaheim McMillan.

The teen was shot during an officer-involved shooting last Thursday in front of Family Dollar on Pass Road in Gulfport.

As the sun set at Courthouse Road Pier last night, family and friends reminisced of their time with him while holding signs and written messages on balloons.

McMillian was taken off life support around 4 p.m. Saturday while at a children’s hospital in Mobile.

Jaheim’s grandmother, Michelle Warren, tells News 25 that he was a good kid and just a normal teenager who loved sports and hanging with friends.

The family wants justice for his death. Warren said, “The pain is indescribable. It’s just like a hole in my heart. They just snatched part of my heart out. Just what happened to him, getting shot in the head. Just still trying to process it.”

A funeral will be set after an autopsy.

The shooting happened as Gulfport police were responding to reports of a car of several people inside waving guns at motorists.

According to Gulfport police, officers engaged with an armed suspect and shots were fired, one striking McMillian.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.