Community comes together to remember Gulfport teen Jaheim McMillan

The Lyman Community Center in Gulfport was filled with family, friends, and loved ones attending the funeral of 15-year-old Jaheim McMillan, who was killed in an officer-involved shooting earlier this month.

Tears could be seen across the community center as overwhelming support surrounded Jaheim’s family.

With standing room only, Jaheim’s classmates and community activists joined his friends and family to pay their respects to the teen as well as demand justice.

‘Long Live Jaheim’ was printed on t-shirts in memory of the teen.

On October 6th, outside of a Family Dollar store, Gulfport police fired their weapons, hitting and killing Jaheim.

Since that shooting, protests, memorials, and social media posts have called for justice and accountability from the department. Funeral Attendee Mary C. Ellis said, “I have one son that’s an Army Ranger. If something should happen to my son in the U.S. Army, I don’t know what I’d do. I know with this situation here, it’s a hurtful feeling because I only have one son. So, I’m asking the community to come together please. We need to be here for the young men as well as the young women. This is a day we need to all come together.”

The incident is currently under investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation which is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.

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