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Safety concerns arise after second Club Memories homicide

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The city of Hattiesburg has had five homicides this year and two of them, happened at Club Memories.

The club, located on North 31st Avenue, is no stranger to violence or a police presence, with the most recent incident being a homicide.

Kenneth Smith, 36 of Purvis was shot in the abdomen in the early hours of Sunday morning in the parking lot of the club. He was transported to Forrest General Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

“It was some type of argument here at the club, we don’t exactly know what all it stemmed from, again our victim is deceased, and our four suspects are in custody, there were numerous people that were talked to the day of the crime, so it’s still an ongoing investigation,” Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler said.

According to Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem, Smith’s body was sent to Jackson to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

Hattiesburg police arrested four people that were found in a vehicle in the parking lot shortly after the incident.

  • Jimmie Lee Magee, 30, of Prentiss, was charged with murder, and his bond was set at $1 million.
  • Samuel Walker, 23, of Prentiss, was charged with accessory after the fact of murder and his bond was set at $100,000.
  • Jimarcus Burton, 27, of Prentiss, was charged with accessory after the fact of murder and his bond was set at $100,000.
  • Romelvin Barnes, 22, of Prentiss, was charged with accessory after the fact of murder and possession of a stolen firearm. His bond was set at $125,000.

On July 5, Jabarri Goudy, 17, of Collins, was shot in the parking lot and he died from his injures shortly after at Forrest General Hospital.

Five people were arrested and charged in the shooting death of Goudy.

  • Arthur Jones Jr., was charged with murder.
  • Keith Lee was charged with accessory after the fact of murder.
  • Montrelle Lee was charged with hindering prosecution.
  • Nijah Gray-Lane was charged with hindering prosecution.
  • Stokes Wells was charged with hindering prosecution.

Seven on Your Side asked police officials Monday if the club would be shut down.

“Anytime there is an issue at a particular location, the city of Hattiesburg, not just the police department does look at those types of things and that would be a joint thing between the entire city; it wouldn’t just be a police department issue,” Traxler said.

In 2011, the city of Hattiesburg shut down the Remington Hunt Club, which was located just behind Club Memories.

Law enforcement in the city sought the order calling the club a public nuisance because of shootings that left four people wounded.

Chancery Judge Johnny Williams issued a temporary restraining order to shut the club down. The club was closed for roughly a month, before reopening with improved security measures.

The Hunt Club later filed bankruptcy and closed.

“Something absolutely has to be done, the place is a problem for the city,” Hattiesburg City Council President, Kim Bradley said.

Multiple calls to Club Memories were not returned to WDAM.

According to Lt. Traxler, the investigation is still ongoing, and they cannot rule out other arrests.

“If anybody has any information, we ask that they please call the Hattiesburg Police Department or crime stoppers, if you know of anyone else that may have been involved please give us a call,” Traxler said.

During Monday night’s city council meeting, Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker and Assistant Chief Frank Misenhelter went into an executive session with members of the council. Sources tell WDAM that the council is working on security plans for Hattiesburg clubs.

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