Murder Victim's Family Holds Candlelight Vigil

By: Candace Barnette Email
By: Candace Barnette Email

Meridian, Miss. Weeks after the murder of Christopher Gregory, friends and family filled the driveway in front of the mobile home where his body was discovered. Chris had family both in Meridian and Atlanta, and his grandmother says she wanted a way to bring everyone together to pay honor his memory, which is why she organized this candlelight vigil.

"He shouldn't have died like this," Chris's grandmother Juanita Thomas says. "He's going to be taken back home to Atlanta, so this is the only way I feel that we'll be able to show our respect for him in Meridian."

Chris's parents, who were also at the vigil, say they were shocked to learn that their son had been killed. First, because he was a loving son, father and musician, and they couldn't imagine anyone who would want to hurt him. But they were also surprised because they didn't even know he was home at the time. Chris works offshore on a ship, and is only able to visit occasionally.

"He was gone most of the time," Chris's father Anthony Gregory says. "When he was home, he'll call, but we didn't know when he was here and when he was on the ship, so we just didn't know."

But once the family heard about his tattoos and saw his picture in the news, they knew it was Chris. This investigation is ongoing, but a detective on the case, as well as Meridian Mayor Percy Bland stopped by to show the family support.

"I told them I would come out to the vigil if I could," the mayor says. "I just wanted the family to know that this city loves them, and we're going to try to do all we can to solve this case."

And answers from this case are exactly what the family is looking for.

"If it be your will, Father God, that you would allow us to know that which you know that we don't know that we need to know, Lord God," the service leader prayed.

In the meantime, the family is asking that someone please come forward.

"We're going to have to take it one day at a time," Chris's mother Sheila Smith says. "Just hope and pray somebody does come forward so we can get closure out of this. He's got two kids. This is senseless."

If you have any information that can help investigators, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860. You can also call 311.


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