SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Thursday night, Walmart workers in Southaven came together to remember the lives lost in this week’s deadly shooting at the store.
Dozens of Walmart employees gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims, Anthony Brown and Brandon Gales.
Employees said they are still in a state of shock. Two days ago, someone opened fired at the Walmart and killed their two managers. Thursday was an opportunity for them to grieve during this difficult time.
“He just always caring about everybody,” said Ann Saxton, a Walmart employee for 21 years.
Saxton is referring to her former manager, Anthony Brown, one of two victims in the Southaven Walmart shooting.
“He always asked me if I was alright, and I worked in the fitting room so I had contact with him when he called the fitting room,” Saxton said.
Thursday nearly 100 Walmart employees joined to pray, grieve and to try to make sense of this tragedy.
“I always see them in there, they always speaking nice guys you know. And it was just a shocking thing to see them get killed like that,” said Kenneth Henderson, who shopped at Walmart and knew Anthony Brown.
Employees tell Local 24 News the victims were great managers who always came to work with a smile on their faces.
“My son called me and he said something is going on at Walmart. I said oh my word, and then I saw it on the news and I just couldn’t believe it because I know Martez too,” Saxton explained.
The suspect, Martez Abram, faces two counts of murder. A Southaven police report reveals Walmart recently suspended Abram. He was accused of showing a knife to another employee during an argument.
Many employees are leaning on each other to help them process what happened.
“Be with employees and just be here for dedication for both BJ and Anthony,” Saxton said.
Walmart will have trauma counselors on hand at the store for anyone who may need it. Although the store is currently closed, Local 24 News has learned workers have been given the opportunity to help clean up the store to minimize pay disruption.