Hundreds pay respect at candlelight vigil for Southaven Walmart murder victims

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Southaven Walmart to remember the lives lost earlier this week in a shooting at the store. 

A candlelight vigil was held to honor victims Anthony Brown and Brandon Gales. Walmart employees, local pastors, and even Southaven’s mayor came to pay respects. 

Walmart employees were grieving, hugging, and consoling one another. Some people came from 3 to 4 hours away just to show their support. It’s been three days since tragedy hit the Walmart store and emotions are still high. 

“We have members who work there who are managers there so immediately you start thinking about who’s involved what exactly is going on, so it’s really just a time as how do we come together,” said Senior Pastor of Brown Missionary Baptist Church, Bartholomew Orr.  

“When we have a crisis or anything like that we just really come together and travel from large distances, recognize several folks that drove 3-4 hours to get here,” said Marketing Manager of Walmart, Brad Sullivan.  

Employees describes Brown and Gales as hard workers who took pride in their jobs. As balloons were released, a sense of peace came over the store and Friday night as it was all about healing. 

“It’s just heartfelt to see that many people that would come out here on a Friday night to show support, show respect for the families, and I tell you, it was very impressive,” Sullivan explained. 

Walmart corporate communication executives say the Walmart is closed right now, but will eventually reopen. 

The suspect in this case, Martez Abram, is due in court Monday.

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